Explosive atmospheres – Part 26: Equipment with Separation Elements or combined Levels of Protection
|Publication Date:||1 February 2021|
|ICS Code (Electrical apparatus for explosive atmospheres):||29.260.20|
This part of IEC 60079 specifies requirements for construction, testing and marking for Ex Equipment that contains parts of the equipment with different Equipment Protection Levels (EPLs) and a separation element. This equipment is mounted across a boundary where different EPLs are required, for example between different gas hazardous areas, dust hazardous areas or gas hazardous areas adjacent to dust hazardous areas.
EXAMPLE: Equipment installed in the wall of storage tanks located in Zone 1 and containing Zone 0 inside.
Separation elements are considered for both electrical and non-electrical equipment. If mechanical energy can be transformed into a potential ignition source, additionally an ignition hazard assessment in accordance with ISO 80079-36 is performed and appropriate measures are undertaken. Suitable measures can be selected from ISO 80079-37 or IEC TS 60079-42.
This document also specifies requirements for the combination of two Types of Protection, each with EPL Gb, to achieve EPL Ga. Examples are included in 4.2.
This document supplements and modifies the general requirements of IEC 60079-0. Where a requirement of this document conflicts with a requirement of IEC 60079-0, the requirement of this document takes precedence.