Learning Center: Arc Flash

Understanding arc flash, electric arc and arc blast—is there a difference?

What Is Arc Flash?

An electric arc is a complex phenomenon gaining increased understanding and attention in the electrical safety world. Arcs are basically ionized gases caused when electricity travels through air. ‘Arc flashes,’ arc blasts and ‘electric arc’ are really all different names for the same basic phenomenon.

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What Is the Difference Between Electric Arc and Arc Flash?

Arc flash describes the event from an experiential perspective. The term has become associated with the dangerous event, but it is interchangeable with “electric arc”.

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