PROJECT TITLE :

Grounding: Bonding to Earth: We Leave Out Something Big When We Just Say Bonding

ABSTRACT:

Returning to basics, grounding is bonding to earth. Whereas grounding electrodes are the only true bonds to earth, the term "grounding" has been historically applied when bonding to extended conducting bodies like the ground bus in an electrical panel. That tradition is presently underneath hearth, with suggestions that what is referred to as the equipment grounding conductor (EGC) should be renamed the equipment bonding conductor. Beyond semantics, the term "bonding" alone compared to grounding (bonding to earth) presents a transparent omission, that is that the reference to earth. This article challenges that omission, presenting the multifaceted approach for the reduction of electrical hazards that is provided by bonding to earth rather than simply bonding.


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