“ROV metal oxide varistors help protect power systems from damage caused by transient overvoltage faults such as lightning, power contact, and power induction. Suitable for a broad range of applications, ROV devices help protect sensitive electronic equipment from potential power surge damage by clamping high-energy, short-duration impluses.”
“An ROV device is a varistor fabricated using a Zinc Oxide (ZnO) powder, sintered with other metal oxide ceramics. The resulting structure is a polycrystalline ceramic that consists of distributed ZnO grains, separated by other metal oxide ceramics.”
“A varistor is a variable resistor-a voltage dependent, non-linear device whose resistance decreases as the voltage applied across the device increases. ”
ROVs can also be used to help protect electrical equipment from damage caused by large voltage or power transients on the AC Mains inputs. In a coordinated circuit protection scheme the ROV can be paired with a PolySwitch overcurrent protection device to help improve equipment reliability and fulfill IEC-61000 test requirements.