January 4, 2021
Easier Than A, B, C
Tip written by: Infraspection Institute
When performing infrared inspections of electrical distribution systems, many people identify the individual phases of polyphase circuits as A, B, and C; others frequently use 1, 2, and 3.
Confusion can arise with alphabetical or numerical labels particularly when switchgear enclosures are inspected from different perspectives e.g. front versus rear. Further confusion can occur when phase rotation has been modified or changed or, in some cases, mislabelled.
Reference errors can be avoided by using terms that cannot be confused such as Left, Middle, Right OR Upper, Middle, Lower. When using such terms, one should always reference where the image was taken from. For outside power lines references such as Street, Center, and Field may be used to identify phases without confusion.
Using the above simple terms can make your reports easier to understand and help to eliminate confusion when repairs are performed.
Infrared inspection of electrical distribution systems is one of the many applications covered in the Infraspection Institute Level I Certified Infrared Thermographer® training course. For course schedules or to obtain a copy of the Standard for Infrared Inspection of Electrical Systems and Rotating Equipment, visit Infraspection Institute online at www.infraspection.com or call us at 609-239-4788.
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