BS EN 60909-0:2016 - Short-circuit currents in three-phase a.c. systems. Calculation of currents

BS EN 60909-0:2016

Short-circuit currents in three-phase a.c. systems. Calculation of currents

Status : Current   Published : June 2016



This part of IEC 60909 is applicable to the calculation of short-circuit currents

  • in low-voltage three-phase AC systems, and

  • in high-voltage three-phase AC systems,

operating at a nominal frequency of 50 Hz or 60 Hz.

Systems at highest voltages of 550 kV and above with long transmission lines need special consideration.

This part of IEC 60909 establishes a general, practicable and concise procedure leading to results which are generally of acceptable accuracy. For this calculation method, an equivalent voltage source at the short-circuit location is introduced. This does not exclude the use of special methods, for example the superposition method, adjusted to particular circumstances, if they give at least the same precision. The superposition method gives the short-circuit current related to the one load flow presupposed. This method, therefore, does not necessarily lead to the maximum short-circuit current .

This part of IEC 60909 deals with the calculation of short-circuit currents in the case of balanced or unbalanced short circuits.

A single line-to-earth fault is beyond the scope of this part of IEC 60909 .

For currents during two separate simultaneous single-phase line-to-earth short circuits in an isolated neutral system or a resonance earthed neutral system, see IEC 60909‑3 .

Short-circuit currents and short-circuit impedances may also be determined by system tests, by measurement on a network analyser, or with a digital computer. In existing low-voltage systems it is possible to determine the short-circuit impedance on the basis of measurements at the location of the prospective short circuit considered.

The calculation of the short-circuit impedance is in general based on the rated data of the electrical equipment and the topological arrangement of the system and has the advantage of being possible both for existing systems and for systems at the planning stage.

In general, two types short-circuit currents, which differ in their magnitude, are considered:

  • the maximum short-circuit current which determines the capacity or rating of electrical equipment; and

  • the minimum short-circuit current which can be a basis, for example, for the selection of fuses, for the setting of protective devices, and for checking the run-up of motors.


The current in a three-phase short circuit is assumed to be made simultaneously in all poles. Investigations of non-simultaneous short circuits, which may lead to higher aperiodic components of short-circuit current, are beyond the scope of this part of IEC 60909 .

This part of IEC 60909 does not cover short-circuit currents deliberately created under controlled conditions (short-circuit testing stations).

This part of IEC 60909 does not deal with the calculation of short-circuit currents in installations on board ships and aeroplanes.

Standard NumberBS EN 60909-0:2016
TitleShort-circuit currents in three-phase a.c. systems. Calculation of currents
Publication Date30 June 2016
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)IEC 60909-3:2009, IEC 60050-131, IEC TR 60909-2:2008, EN 60038:2011, EN 60909-3:2010, IEC TR 60909-4:2000, IEC 60038:2009, IEC TR 60909-1:2002
Informative References(Provided for Information)EN 62428, IEC 60050-151:2001, IEC 60865-1, IEC 62428, IEC 60949, EN 60865-1, IEC 60986, IEC 60050-195:1998, IEC 60050-195:1998/AMD1:2001
ReplacesBS EN 60909-0:2001, IEC 60909-0:2001
International RelationshipsEN 60909-0:2016,IEC 60909-0:2016
Draft Superseded By12/30270636 DC
DescriptorsThree-phase current, High-voltage installations, Fault currents, Electrical installations, Low-voltage installations, Short-circuit currents, Electric current, Alternating current
Title in FrenchCourants de court-circuit dans les réseaux triphasés à courant alternatif. Calcul des courants
Title in GermanKurzschlussströme in Drehstromnetzen. Berechnung der Ströme
ISBN978 0 580 80524 0
File Size2.181 MB

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