New IEEE Paper: Arc Flash Pressure and Door Ejection Measurement

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New IEEE Paper: Arc Flash Pressure and Door Ejection Measurement

My recent paper has just been published in the IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications. 

This paper addresses the hypothesis that arc flash pressure is mostly from temperature rise due to current flow rather than metal expansion so commonly opined. The experiments look at the IEEE 1584 style metal box and a door to hold in the pressure and measurements of the door ejection speed using a high speed camera with three different electrode materials with different metal vaporization levels.  The results are also compared to the published formula in other IEEE papers to identify the best current candidate for pressure prediction.

Our next paper to be published later this year looks at the force from an ejected door as this appears to be one of the greatest hazards in arc blast.

Arc Flash Pressure and Door Ejection Measurement is available from IEEE.


H. Hoagland, C. Maurice, A. Haines and A. Maurice, “Arc Flash Pressure and Door Ejection Measurement,” in IEEE Transactions on Industry Applications, vol. 56, no. 4, pp. 3297-3305, July-Aug. 2020, doi: 10.1109/TIA.2020.2994183.



Hugh Hoagland

does research and testing of PPE exposed to electrical arcs and is an arc flash expert. Hugh is a Sr. Consultant at ArcWear and Sr. Partner at e-Hazard. Read more about Hugh.

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