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Does fiber opitc cable require an area class certification?

Does fiber opitc cable require an area class certification?

Does fiber opitc cable require an area class certification?

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I am providing data sheets for downhole fiber optic temperature sensing. The electronics are connected at surface for light transmission and data collection. With RTD's an area classification is required e.g: Good for Class 1, Zone 2. But does a fiber optic cable need this?

I would think not as there is no electrical current passing through like there would be in the RTD.

Please let me know your thoughts.

Thank you,

RE: Does fiber opitc cable require an area class certification?

Fiber optics can be used in hazardous locations without any concern. Transmitters and receivers are a separate issue.

RE: Does fiber opitc cable require an area class certification?

You might want to check IEC 60079-28 first.

The majority of fibre applications are fine, but some of the high power sources used for long-haul data transmission can create an ignition hazard if a fibre is broken within a hazardous area. There are three categories recognised within the Ex 'op' group under IEC 60079 - inherently safe, mechanically protected, and interlocked (i.e. detection of fibre break)

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