floating neutral

floating neutral

[¦flōd·iŋ ′nü·trəl]
(electricity)
Neutral conductor whose voltage to ground is free to vary when circuit conditions change.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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A remaining single phase or a floating neutral could be not only potentially hazardous, but disastrous.
This resulted in a floating neutral and the 230V single-phase supplies to fluctuate either above or below the nominal 230V.
Seter described the various types of causes of computers losses -- such as lightning strikes, power surges, "brownouts," improper grounding, floating neutrals, shocks and water damage -- and gave tips on what to do when you are first faced with damaged equipment.