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Looking for class recommendations for - NFPA70/NEC for pipeliners

Looking for class recommendations for - NFPA70/NEC for pipeliners

Looking for class recommendations for - NFPA70/NEC for pipeliners

Hi! The title basically says it all. I work in the pipeline industry and although I'm not an EE I am frequently working in classified atmosphere areas and I'd like to increase my general awareness of the NFAP70/NEC. Besides some CUEs, I just want to know enough to recognize potential issues and direct them towards someone qualified to evaluate or repair. For instance I've been in gas handling facilities in the past where I have seen poor electrical workmanship but struggled to explain it in the context of the code. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.

RE: Looking for class recommendations for - NFPA70/NEC for pipeliners

API RP 500

Recommended Practice for Classification of Locations for Electrical Installations at Petroleum Facilities Classified as Class I, Division 1 and Division 2


Appendix D for an analytical approach.


RE: Looking for class recommendations for - NFPA70/NEC for pipeliners

There's two things here.

There is the classification of electrical hazard zones which is API 500 with all it's nice neat zones in radius and height to generate you the hazardous area drawing.

Then there's the reality of life in terms of what that means in terms of electrical connections etc.

There is a different approach in the two electrical worlds IEC and NEMA / NEC.

AFAIK the IEC version uses seals and glands and in some cases junction boxes etc which are allowed to have an explosion inside so long as the flame doesn't get out. These are big and heavy lumps of metal.

The NEMA way is to prevent gases getting in and use all sorts of tubes and sealing of wires within the tube.

Each has its merits and downsides, but knowing which type goes where ibn terms of zones and gas types is the key to understanding the requirement. Ask a sparkie.

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