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API RP 2003

RECOMMENDED PRACTICE FOR PROTECTION AGAINST IGNITIONS ARISING OUT OF STATIC, LIGHTNING AND STRAY CURRENTS

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Organization: API
Publication Date: 1 September 1967
Status: inactive
Page Count: 38
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This publication presents the current technology in the fields of static electricity, lightning, and stray currents applicable to the prevention of hydrocarbon ignition in the petroleum industry. The recommendations for protection are based upon research and practical experience (see Appendixes A and B).

Purpose

Application of the information contained herein should lead to improved safety practices. This information may also be used to evaluate existing installations and procedures and, as necessary, to improve their effectiveness. Furthermore, when the narrow limits within which static electricity can cause ignition are properly understood, fire investigators may be encouraged to search more diligently for the true ignition sources in instances where ignition by static electricity is unlikely or impossible.

To prevent fires, whatever their cause, it is necessary to control one or more of the three elements required for combustion. These elements are fuel (in vapor form or mist), air, and a source of ignition. Significant sources of electrical ignition are: sparks from static electricity, lightning strokes, sparks from induced charges which may accompany lightning, and arcs caused by breaking of circuits involving stray currents. Control procedures relate to the prevention of the arc or spark itself, or to the prevention of a flammable vapor-air mixture when sparks cannot be prevented.

Document History

September 1, 2015
Protection Against Ignitions Arising Out of Static, Lightning, and Stray Currents
General This recommended practice (RP) presents the current state of knowledge and technology in the fields of static electricity, lightning, and stray currents applicable to the prevention of...
September 1, 2015
Protection Against Ignitions Arising out of Static, Lightning, and Stray Currents
General This recommended practice (RP) presents the current state of knowledge and technology in the fields of static electricity, lightning, and stray currents applicable to the prevention of...
January 1, 2008
Protection Against Ignitions Arising out of Static, Lightning, and Stray Currents
This recommended practice presents the current state of knowledge and technology in the fields of static electricity, lightning, and stray currents applicable to the prevention of hydrocarbon...
September 1, 1998
Protection Against Ignitions Arising out of Static, Lightning, and Stray Currents
1 Scope This recommended practice presents the current state of knowledge and technology in the fields of static electricity, lightning, and stray currents applicable to the prevention of hydrocarbon...
January 1, 1991
Protection Against Ignitions Arising out of Static, Lightning, and Stray Currents
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March 1, 1982
Protection Against Ignitions Arising Out of Static, Lightning, and Stray Currents
A description is not available for this item.
October 1, 1974
Recommended Practice for Protection Against Ignitions Arising out of Static, Lightning and Stray Currents
SCOPE AND FIELD OF APPLICATION Application of the information contained herein should lead to improved safety practices. This information may also be used to evaluate existing installations and...
API RP 2003
September 1, 1967
RECOMMENDED PRACTICE FOR PROTECTION AGAINST IGNITIONS ARISING OUT OF STATIC, LIGHTNING AND STRAY CURRENTS
This publication presents the current technology in the fields of static electricity, lightning, and stray currents applicable to the prevention of hydrocarbon ignition in the petroleum industry. The...
August 1, 1956
Protection Against Ignitions Arising out of Static, Lightning, and Stray Currents
The scope of this publication is limited to fire hazards in the petroleum industry which may arise from static sparks, lightning, and stray-current arcs and sparks. There has been no experience of...

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