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Arc Flash Software

ETAP Arc Flash Analysis Software
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ETAP Arc Flash Analysis software brings you new and enhanced capabilities which allow for faster and easier assessment of arc flash hazards and incident analysis. Identify and analyze high risk arc flash areas in your electrical power system with greater flexibility by simulating and evaluating various mitigation methods in your arc flash study.

The Arc Flash Analysis program is a completely integrated module that solves multiple scenarios to determine worst-case arc flash energy levels. The Arc flash calculation software module also produces professional reports and high quality arc flash safety labels at a press of a button.

The Arc Flash Analysis module also includes comprehensive single phase and three phase arc flash assessment calculations as well as an invaluable arc flash analyzer tool to summarize results from the arc flash study.

DC Arc Flash is offered as a separate module for direct current applications.


Arc Flash Software Key Features


Automated Arc Flash Software

  • Automatically determine the Arcing Fault Clearing Time
  • Instantly determine arc flash protection, prohibited, restricted, & limited approach boundaries in compliance with NFPA 70E
  • Arc Flash software determines individual arcing current contributions
  • The Automated Arc Flash Labeling Software generates arc flash labels for every incoming main circuit breaker cubicle, load circuit breaker, & motor starter bucket
  • Generate arc flash labels for every load terminal point including induction motors, synchronous motors, capacitor banks, & static loads


Arc Flash Calculator

Arc Flash Calculator
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This simplified arc flash calculator provides a quick tool that uses typical gaps and x-factors from IEEE 1584. The arc flash calculator is a sample of arc flash results for low voltage panel boards and is provided for informational purposes only.


Fast and Efficient Arc Flash Analysis

Arc Flash Hazard Analysis, Arc Flash Software, Arc Flash Calculation, ETAP
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  • Run multiple arc flash calculations with one-click & analyze all of the different results in minutes
  • Define customized arc flash parameters and arc specs or use system-calculated results to determine the arc flash energy
  • Use the built-in Arc Flash Calculator for quick incident energy results and to perform quick “what if” scenarios in your arc flash study


Arc Flash Software Capabilities

  • Automatic consideration of generator AC decay & decrement curve during arc flash conditions
  • AC motor arc flash current decay handling
  • Time varying fault clearing time calculation & short circuit current decay
  • Arc flash calculation for electrical power systems including 3-phase & 1-phase panel / UPS systems
  • Extended search past the point of multiple upstream source
  • Perform arc flash analysis in Radial & multiple source systems
  • Arc current and incident energy correction factors can be used to account for the effect of equipment configurations not included in IEEE 1584-2002.
  • Automatic or user-defined source protective device search algorithm option to simulate worse arc flash hazard conditions. Relay actions include 49, 50, 51, 67, 79, 87.
  • The arc flash analysis software allows the simulation of differential relays, maintenance mode switches, & arc flash photo-sensors
  • Current Limiting Fuse (CLF) modeling
  • Arc Flash software simulates the effect of Zone Selective Interlock Protection (ZSIP) in your arc flash study
  • The arc flash analysis software generates IEEE 1584 & NFPA 70E look-up table results for different working distances & provides simple summary reports to communicate the arc flash analysis results
  • Alerts for personal protective equipment (PPE) ATPV rating violations (maximum allowable PPE arc rating alerts)
  • Comprehensive protective device library

Arc Flash Videos, Tutorials & White Papers

Refer to the arc flash videos below to learn more about ETAP arc flash evaluation software features and capabilities.


Play Video ETAP Arc Flash Overview
ETAP Arc Flash Overview (60 minutes)

ETAP Arc Flash Analysis automatically estimates the Incident Energy released in the event of an arc fault and determines the required Flash Protection Boundary.
Play Video ETAP Arc Flash Overview
ETAP 7.1 - Arc Flash (16 minutes)

ETAP 7.1 now includes the ability to customize and link arc flash electrical safety labels using Microsoft Word. This webinar explains step-by-step instructions.


Arc Flash Analysis Software brochure
Arc Flash Software brochure
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Reduce Risk, Improve Safety, Enforce Compliance
Arc Flash
Arc Flash (163 KB)

Introduction to ETAP Arc Flash Hazard Analysis module with instructions on how to setup arc flash calculations.

Arc Flash Analysis Done Right
Arc Flash Analysis Done Right (1.87 MB)

Arc flash analysis system modeling and studies for existing systems.
Arc Flash Analysis (1.15 MB)

Instructions on how to set up Arc Flash calculations.

FCT Not determined
FCT Not determined (981 KB)

The most common roadblocks to finding fault clearing time in arc flash calculations
Arc Flash Analysis calculates arc flash hazard distance
Arc Flash Analysis calculates arc flash hazard distance
(172 KB)

The comparison of NFPA 70E-2000 an IEEE 1584-2002 standards for Arc Flash Analysis

White Papers

Hazards of Single-Phase Arc Flash
Hazards of Single-Phase Arc Flash Electrical Safety Measures, July/August 2009 (1.15 MB)

Many people have questions about how to determine the hazard level associated with 1-phase arc flash incidents. This article presents different methods for assessing the hazards of high- and low-voltage 1-phase equipment.
Limitations of Arc Flash Hazard Tables
Limitations of Arc Flash Hazard Tables Electrical Line, July/August 2008 (438 KB)

It's important to understand the Hazard/Risk Category levels listed in NFPA 70E, but it's just as important to understand the limitations of these tables. If these limitations aren't considered, you may be jeopardizing the safety of electrical workers.

Assessing Low-Voltage Arc Hazards
Assessing Low-Voltage Arc Hazards Electrical Source, June 2008(980 KB)

Arc flash safety is an integral part of any workplace safety program. This article explains how arc flash software is essential to identifying and analyzing high-risk arc flash areas, so you can help keep your electrical staff safer.

Evaluating NFPA 70E Arc Flash Hazard Category Tables
Evaluating NFPA 70E Arc Flash Hazard Category Tables
Electrical Products & Solutions, September 2007 (511 KB)

This article sheds some light into the assumptions and generalizations utilized by the NFPA 70E Table 130.7(C)(9)(a) and to describe its limitations and shortcomings which may lead to an improper selection of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Evaluating the Hazards of Low-Voltage Arcs
Evaluating the Hazards of Low-Voltage Arcs Electrical Products & Solutions, June 2007 (1.16 MB)

This article discusses methods available for calculating the incident energy released by an arc fault in low-voltage equipment. It also presents considerations to determine the worst-possible hazard associated with energized work at different locations of the equipment.