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lower the rated electrical capability of electrical apparatus

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The findings did suggest that the then current 4% derating guide was over compensating and that a smaller derate of about 2% could safely be used.
This fundamental result is hereafter referred to as the natural derate.
Recall from the section of this paper that focused on the operation of venturi-style burners that a natural derate of [approximately equal to]1.8% per 1000 ft (305 m) would occur if the same orifices and manifold pressures were used.
You do, however, have to derate the VA rating of both switching and linear sources when performing tests at low voltage settings.