Problem 8: Fuses

A short length of wire can act as an electrical fuse. Determine how various parameters affect the time taken for the fuse to ‘blow’.

I. Phenomenon Demonstration

II. Books, Encyclopedia, Discussion and Forum Posts

III. Research Papers

  • Voronov, S. A., Voronov, Y. A., Onishchenko, E. M., Simakov, A. B., Sosnovtsev, V. V., Suchkov, S. I., & Sugrobova, T. A. (2004). High-Voltage Safety Fuses for the Transition-Radiation Tracking Detector in the ATLAS Experiment. Instruments and Experimental Techniques, 47(2), 191–193. 
  • Pleşca, A. (2015). Numerical Thermal Analysis of Fuse Mounted on Fuse Holder. Heat Transfer Engineering, 36(18), 1518–1524.
  • Ding, X., Lou, W., & Feng, Y. (2016). A controllable IC-compatible thin-film fuse realized using electro-explosion. AIP Advances, 6(1), 015316. 
  • M. Naidu, T. J. Schoepf and S. Gopalakrishnan, “Arc fault detection scheme for 42-V automotive DC networks using current shunt,” in IEEE Transactions on Power Electronics, vol. 21, no. 3, pp. 633-639, May 2006, doi: 10.1109/TPEL.2006.872385.
  • Nie, W., Xi, Z., Xue, W., & Zhou, Z. (2013). Study on Inertial Response Performance of A Micro Electrical Switch for Fuze. Defence Technology, 9(4), 187–192.
  • Hsiung-Cheng Lin, Heng-Chuan Zo, Bo-Rong He, “Advanced Fast Large Current Electronic Breaker Using Integration of Surge Current Suppression and Current Divider Sensing Methods”, Journal of Sensors, vol. 2019, Article ID 6256735, 8 pages, 2019. 
  • L. Doughty, T. E. Neal, T. L. Macalady, V. Saporita and K. Borgwald, “The use of low-voltage current-limiting fuses to reduce arc-flash energy,” in IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, vol. 36, no. 6, pp. 1741-1749, Nov.-Dec. 2000, doi: 10.1109/28.887229.
  • Matsugi, K., Saki, Y., Choi, Y.-B., Sasaki, G., Suetsugu, K.-I., & Fujii, K. (2013). Control of Electrical and Thermal Properties on Sn–50Zn Alloy by 8 vol%Al2O3 Addition for Pb-Free AC-Low Voltage Fuse Elements. Materials Transactions, 54(2), 231–237.
  • Meng, X. Z., & Sloot, J. G. J. (1997). Reliability concept for electric fuses. IEE Proceedings – Science, Measurement and Technology, 144, 87-92.

  • Babrauskas, Vytenis & Wichman, I.S.. (2011). Fusing of wires by electrical current. Conference Proceedings – Fire and Materials 2011, 12th International Conference and Exhibition. 769-780.