Graduation Year


Document Type




Degree Granting Department

Electrical Engineering

Major Professor

Kenneth Buckle, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Ralph E. Fehr, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Paris H.Wiley, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Paul Schnitzler, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Thomas L. Crisman, Ph.D.


Fault Current Analysis, Circuit Breaker Coordination, Power System Protection, Molded Case Circuit Breaker, Low Voltage Power Circuit Breaker


Federal regulations have recognized that arc flash hazards are a critical source of potential injury. As a consequence, in order to work on some electrical equipment, the energy source must be completely shut-down. However, power distribution systems in mission critical facilities such as hospitals and data centers must sometimes remain energized while being maintained. In recent years the Arc Flash Hazard Analysis has emerged as a power system tool that informs the qualified technician of the incident energy at the equipment to be maintained and recommends the proper protective equipment to wear. Due to codes, standards and historically acceptable design methods, the Arc Flash Hazard is often higher and more dangerous than necessary.

This dissertation presents detailed methodology and proposes alternative strategies to be implemented at the design stage of 600 volt facility power distribution systems which will decrease the Arc Flash Hazard Exposure when compared to widely used code acceptable design strategies. Software models have been developed for different locations throughout a power system. These software model simulations will analyze the Arc Flash Hazard in a system designed with typical mainstream code acceptable methods. The model will be changed to show implementation of arc flash mitigation techniques at the system design level. The computer simulations after the mitigation techniques will show significant lowering of the Arc Flash Hazard Exposure.