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```what is the difference between earth and neutral?
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Question Submitted By :: Baswaraj
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Re: what is the difference between earth and neutral?
# 1
Neutral point is basically a refrence point it may be at
any potential difference. i.e. 5V, 10V, 1000V etc.

Take an example of a system where voltage is fluctuating
between 9,950V to 10,050V. and its external body is at
10.000V, when we take Earth as the refrence point. Now
every calculation will include these parameters, but if
take 10,000V as the refrence point/ neutral of the system
then we can say the fluctuations are between -50 to +50V
only and further calculations will be easier then the
previous case.

Neutral point is a technical term for refrence point
whereas Earth is a typical example .

 Is This Answer Correct ? 110 Yes 136 No
Baswaraj

Re: what is the difference between earth and neutral?
# 2
earth is used forthe safety of the human body from fault
conditions. where as neutral is used for the protection of
equipments.

 Is This Answer Correct ? 115 Yes 160 No
Indpreet Kaur

Re: what is the difference between earth and neutral?
# 3
normally speaking, earth and neutral is having the common
point at generating stations.

But neutral is treated as the "return" path of the supply.
But when we are transferring supply to a long distance , it
needs 4 conductors, 3 for phase and the last one for
neuatral(return).So it is getting expensive ,
so normally we are earthed at the generating stations and
only taking 3 condutors till it reach the i/p of the
Distribution transformer(i/p is delta) and from the
secondary(star) we are starting neutral(altogether 4 wires).
And this neutral is earthed there.

The earth is also used for protection.

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Melinbalan
[KSEB]

Re: what is the difference between earth and neutral?
# 4
The Earth Cab act as a netural But a netural Cannot act as
an earth

 Is This Answer Correct ? 115 Yes 43 No
Sprabhu

Re: what is the difference between earth and neutral?
# 5
TO BASWARAJ

YOUE ANSWER IS VERY INTERSTING. BUT I CANNOT UNDERSTAND THAT

COULD U EXPLAIN ANY OTHER WAY?

PLEASE! I AM REALLY INTERSTED ABT THIS QUESTION

 Is This Answer Correct ? 26 Yes 39 No
Senthil Kumar.a

Re: what is the difference between earth and neutral?
# 6
Earth is a surging point.
Neutral is a returan bath of circuit.

 Is This Answer Correct ? 71 Yes 24 No
Rajendran.m

Re: what is the difference between earth and neutral?
# 7
Earth is surging point of equipments,and prodection of
human body from short ckt of the equipments.

Neutral is return bath of equipments( prodection of
equipments)

 Is This Answer Correct ? 57 Yes 22 No
Rajendran.m

Re: what is the difference between earth and neutral?
# 8
GROUND MEANS when small ckt. (control ckt.) are required to
be connected to common is called ground.
EARTH mean high voltage (power ckt.) are connected to common
(neutral) is called earth.

 Is This Answer Correct ? 8 Yes 115 No
Saravanans

Re: what is the difference between earth and neutral?
# 9
GROUND MEANS when small ckt. (control ckt.) are required to
be connected to common is called ground.
EARTH mean high voltage (power ckt.) are connected to common
(neutral) is called earth

 Is This Answer Correct ? 4 Yes 86 No
Anwar

Re: what is the difference between earth and neutral?
# 10
AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED BOTH SOUNDS SAME. NEUTRAL IS THE
RETURN PATH IN AN ELECTRICAL CIRCUIT. EARTH IS CONSIDERED
TO BE THE COMMON REFERENCE POINT. AND THE NEUTRAL IS ALSO
CONNECTED TO EARTH(GROUND). IN OUR HOME, EVEN IF NEUTRAL IS
CUT, WE COULD USE OUR HOUSEHOLD EQUIPMENTS CONNECTING TO
EARTH. WITHOUT EARTH NOTHING COULD BE DONE, BUT SOMETHING
CAN BE DONE IF THER IS NO NEUTRAL.

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Prabhu G