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sectionneur de terre classique

English translation: Standard earthing switch


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06:49 Oct 11, 2000
French to English translations [PRO]
French term or phrase: sectionneur de terre classique
standard earth isolator?
Something better surely!
English translation:Standard earthing switch
Colin Bayliss, Transm. & Dist. Elect Eng.
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Local time: 10:55
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Thanks once again! Bear.
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Summary of answers provided
naStandard ground isolator.
Luis Luis
naStandard earth leakage circuit breakerLouise Atfield
naFirst-class earth isolatorTelesforo Fernandez
naStandard earthing switchLouis RIOUAL
naclassical earth isolating switchBoudewijn van Milligen



3 mins
classical earth isolating switch

classical/standard earth isolating switch

    Reference: http://europa.eu.int/eurodicautom/
Boudewijn van Milligen
Local time: 10:55
Native speaker of: Native in DutchDutch
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12 mins
Standard earthing switch

Colin Bayliss, Transm. & Dist. Elect Eng.

Local time: 10:55
PRO pts in pair: 238
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Thanks once again! Bear.
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14 mins
First-class earth isolator

I hope it will help you.

Telesforo Fernandez
Local time: 15:25
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1 hr
Standard earth leakage circuit breaker

Here is a paragraph talking about "sectionneurs":

"Circuits pour pourvoir à l'indication à distance des conditions d'un réseau, p. ex. un enregistrement instantané des conditions d'ouverture ou de fermeture de chaque SECTIONNEUR du réseau; Circuit pour pourvoir à la commande à distance des moyens de commutation dans un réseau de distribution d'énergie, p. ex. mise en ou hors circuit de consommateurs de courant par l'utilisation de signaux d'impulsion codés transmis par le réseau"

and here is its translation:

"Circuit arrangements for providing remote indication of network conditions, e. g. an instantaneous record of the open or closed condition of each CIRCUIT BREAKER in the network; Circuit arrangements for providing remote control of switching means in a power distribution network, e. g. switching in and out of current consumers by using a pulse code signal carried by the network"


Now for the rest of the expression, here is a quote that provides a good explanation (sorry if it is a bit long):

"Protection against Earth Faults
with Earth Leakage Circuit Breaker (ELCB)
or Earth Leakage Switch.

These units are also called Residual Circuit Breaker (RCCB) or Residual Current Device (RCD).

ELCBs/RCCBs and Earth Leakage Switches/RCDs are devices capable of sensing earth leakage current and interrupting
the circuit automatically when these currents exceed a predetermined value. An earth leakage current is the current flowing
to earth from live parts of an installation. "

You will find a few pictures of such circuit breakers on this page:
"Earth Leakage Circuit Breaker(ELCB)"

(you may also see a photo of a "sectionneur" on this page:

Hope this helps.

Louise Atfield
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2 hrs
Standard ground isolator.

Luis Luis

Luis Luis
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