What is the difference between busbar and feeder? Well, both are used as an integral part of a voltage-regulated switch, but busbar is often used for purposes of connecting two or more terminals of a single circuit. On the other hand, a feeder is commonly used to feed large electrical power into a single circuit. Busbars are made of various materials such as iron, steel, brass, copper, steel plate, stainless steel etc. Most commonly used materials are tin-plated steel, brass or chrome-plated steel.
Both busbars and feeders have their own functions and usages. Busbars are generally used in applications involving heavy lift truck application, whereas a feeder is generally used for earth moving purposes. The function of a busbar or feeder varies according to application. For instance, in applications involving the lifting or pushing of heavy loads, it is important that the wiring pattern involved is correct. It should be such that the load is supported and pushed down under a definite pressure. This is necessary to prevent excessive stress corrosion or breakage of the supporting mechanism.
In a busbar, as compared to a feeder, there is a defined wire pattern. However, the wire pattern does not follow a straight path as in a feeder line. Rather, the wire pattern follows a curved path. Busbars are generally placed on poles which are then elevated above the earth or a source of power to make the connection.
Similarly, a cable wire arrangement in a busbar does not follow a straight power path. Rather, the cable or wire arrangement is curved so that the power distribution system is supplied to the earth or some other source of power. On the contrary, a feeder circuit has a single distribution system and is fixed directly above the earth.
Another difference between the two systems is that the distribution of electric current in both systems is effected by static electricity. This means that when static electricity charges up the conductors, this action causes the currents to flow in the distribution system. It is this very action which makes the voltage to be controlled. Another point to note is that both the types of circuits need to be carefully planned so that the voltage requirements are properly met.
The definition of busbar means a flat surface having the ability to carry load either vertically or horizontally. Feeder means a vertical shaft having the ability to carry electric currents in only one direction. It is easy to see that there is a great deal of difference between the two electrical service diagrams. To get the best results, it is important for you to choose the diagram design that will serve your needs best.
20 Jun '22, 10:30