Jim Phillips

Freelance Writer

Jim Phillips, P.E., founder of www.brainfiller.com and www.ArcFlashForum.com, conducts training programs globally and is the author of the book “Complete Guide to Arc Flash Hazard Calculation Studies.” He is Secretary of the IEEE 1584 Arc Flash Working Group and International Chair of IEC TC78 Live Working.

Articles by Jim Phillips

  • Arc flash boundary

July 2016
This is the fourth article in a series that provides a step-by-step approach for performing arc-flash hazard calculations. The first three parts appeared in the January, March and May 2016 issues of Electrical Contractor and can be found at www.ecmag.com.
 Arc flash boundary
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May 2016
Performing electrical work without being properly trained can be deadly. I have seen this hold true during numerous investigations.
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May 2016
This article is the third in a series that provides a step-by-step approach for performing arc flash hazard calculations. Parts 1 and 2 appeared in the January and March 2016 issues of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR, respectively. READ MORE
March 2016
This article is the second in a series that provides a step-by-step approach for performing arc flash calculations. The first part, “A Calculated Introduction,” appeared in the January 2016 issue of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR.
 Arcing short-circuit currents
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January 2016
This article is the first in a series that provides a step-by-step approach for performing arc flash calculations.
 Arc flash studies and software
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November 2015
“Don’t touch that dial” is an old phrase from the 1960s television era that an announcer would say just before “Batman” or another program cut to a commercial. They would pronounce it so authoritatively that you wouldn’t dare change the channel. READ MORE
September 2015
“Properly” and “Maintained”—these two words always come up when discussing arc flash hazards. Why? Because protective devices such as circuit breakers and relays that have not been properly maintained may not operate as quickly as they should. During an arc flash, a longer duration will result in a greater total incident energy, creating an even greater hazard. 
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September 2015
There are many frequently asked questions about performing an arc-flash study (risk assessment) and understanding electrical safety requirements. A careful read of standards such as NPFA 70E or IEEE 1584 can answer some questions. Yet, other questions can be more complex. Gray areas can lead to confusion, second-guessing and wondering how everyone else does it. READ MORE
July 2015
I’ve heard it all before. “What were they thinking when they wrote this standard? If I were them, this is how I would have done it.” When it comes to arc flash and electrical safety standards, complaints, armchair quarterbacking and second-guessing follow as soon as the latest edition comes out. READ MORE

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