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Ex-News: Actual Ex Standards 31G/206/NP

In every newsletter you will find an actual overview of standards relating to explosion safety.

In this issue the 31G/206/NP and the future IEC 60079-39 will be discussed.

31G/206/NP (NP = New Proposal)

Future IEC 60079-39 TS Ed. 1.0: Explosive atmospheres – Part 39: Intrinsically safe systems with electronically controlled spark duration limitation.

Short name: "Power-i"

Scope of this standard:

The application of the "Power-i" concept provides a significant increase of the available effective power taking into consideration the principles of type of protection Intrinsic safety. The constructional requirements of intrinsically safe equipment and systems are specified by the standards IEC 60079-11 and -25 which however, do not cover intrinsically safe systems with electronically controlled spark duration limitation. This type of dynamically acting intrinsically safe systems is called "Power-i" and enables, compared to previous intrinsically safe solutions, a considerable increase of the effective power.

"Power-i" is a technology where the entire system, consisting of source, cable and field device(s), shall be included in the safety-related consideration. An evaluation on the basis of currently applicable standards is either not possible or only to a limited extent.

The intrinsically safe maximum values permitted for a "Power-i" system can be far above the currently applicable standard values of IEC 60079-11 or -25.

The "Power-i" concept is intended for "ib" and "ic" levels of protection and may, after stabilization of this technology, represent a possible future extension of IEC 60079-11.

Next document (CD) expected 12-2012.

Target date of this IS/TS is 09-2013

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