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IEC 61241-10

Electrical apparatus for use in the presence of combustible dust – Part 10: Classification of areas where combustible dusts are or may be present

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Organization: IEC
Publication Date: 1 June 2004
Status: inactive
Page Count: 62
ICS Code (Electrical apparatus for explosive atmospheres): 29.260.20
scope:

This part of IEC 61241 is concerned with the classification of areas where explosive dust/air mixtures and combustible dust layers are present, in order to permit the proper selection of equipment for use in such areas.

In this standard, explosive dust atmospheres and combustible dust layers are treated separately. In Clause 4, area classification for explosive dusts clouds is described, with dust layers acting as one of the possible sources of release. In Clause 7, the hazard of dust layer ignition is described.

This standard assumes effective housekeeping based on a system of cleaning for the plant.

The principles of the standard can also be followed when combustible fibres or flyings may cause a hazard.

This standard is intended to be applied where there can be a risk due to the presence of explosive dust/air mixtures or combustible dust layers under normal atmospheric conditions.

It does not apply to

- underground mining areas,

- areas where a risk can arise due to the presence of hybrid mixtures,

- dusts of explosives that do not require atmospheric oxygen for combustion, or to pyrophoric substances;

- catastrophic failures which are beyond the concept of abnormality dealt with in this standard (see Note 1),

- any risk arising from an emission of flammable or toxic gas from the dust.

This standard does not take into account the effects of consequential damage following a fire or an explosion.

NOTE 1 Catastrophic failure in this context is applied, for example, to the rupture of a storage silo or a pneumatic conveyor.

NOTE 2 In any process plant, irrespective of size, there can be numerous sources of ignition apart from those associated with equipment. Appropriate precautions will be necessary to ensure safety in this context, but these are outside the scope of this standard.

Document History

IEC 61241-10
June 1, 2004
Electrical apparatus for use in the presence of combustible dust – Part 10: Classification of areas where combustible dusts are or may be present
This part of IEC 61241 is concerned with the classification of areas where explosive dust/air mixtures and combustible dust layers are present, in order to permit the proper selection of equipment...

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