UL 60079-28
Standard for Explosive Atmospheres - Part 28: Protection of Equipment and Transmission Systems Using Optical Radiation

Edition Number:2SCC Approved:--
Edition Date:2017-09-15DOD Approved: --
Price Code:EANSI Approved: 2017-09-15


    1 Scope

    1DV.1 Modification of Clause 1 to replace with the following:

    1DV.1.1 DR This part of IEC 60079 standard specifies the requirements, testing and marking of equipment emitting optical radiation intended for use in explosive atmospheres. It also covers equipment located outside the explosive atmosphere or protected by a Type of Protection listed in IEC UL 60079-0, but which generates optical radiation that is intended to enter an explosive atmosphere. It covers Groups I, II and III, and EPLs Ga, Gb, Gc, Da, Db, Dc, Ma and Mb.

    1.2 This standard contains requirements for optical radiation in the wavelength range from 380 nm to 10 µm. It covers the following ignition mechanisms:

    • Optical radiation is absorbed by surfaces or particles, causing them to heat up, and under certain circumstances this may allow them to attain a temperature which will ignite a surrounding explosive atmosphere.

    • In rare special cases, direct laser induced breakdown of the gas at the focus of a strong beam, producing plasma and a shock wave both eventually acting as ignition source. These processes can be supported by a solid material close to the breakdown point.

    NOTE 1 See a) and d) of the introduction.

    1.3 This standard does not cover ignition by ultraviolet radiation and by absorption of the radiation in the explosive mixture itself. Explosive absorbers or absorbers that contain their own oxidizer as well as catalytic absorbers are also outside the scope of this standard.

    1.4 This standard specifies requirements for equipment intended for use under atmospheric conditions.

    1DV.1.5 DR Annex F outlines the application of this standard for equipment and transmission systems using optical radiation in areas classified using the Division method.

    1DV.1.6 DR This standard supplements and modifies the general requirements of IEC UL 60079-0. Where a requirement of this standard conflicts with a requirement of IEC UL 60079-0, the requirement of this standard takes precedence.

    1DV.1.7 DR Where references are made to other IEC 60079 standards, the referenced requirements found in these standards apply as modified by any applicable U.S. National Differences.

    1DV.1.8 DR This standard applies to optical fibre equipment and optical equipment, including LED and laser equipment, with the exception of the equipment detailed below:

    NOTE 2 Where certifications for equipment and transmission systems using optical radiation meet one of the five exceptions below, and do not reference UL 60079-28, the certificate or other supporting documentation may have the following statement, modified appropriately:

    “The output of the optical radiation source with respect to explosion protection meets Exception X) from the scope of UL 60079-28”.

    The reference to “Exception X)” above is to be replaced by the actual number of the Exception that applies from the scope of UL 60079-28, e.g. “Exception 1)”, “Exception 2)”, “Exception 3)”, “Exception 4)” or “Exception 5)”.

    1) Non-array divergent LEDs used for example to show equipment status or backlight function.

    1DV.1.8.1 D2

    2) All luminaires (fixed, portable or transportable), hand lights and caplights; intended to be supplied by mains (with or without galvanic isolation) or powered by batteries with any continuous divergent light source, including LEDs (for all EPLs).:

    – with continuous divergent light sources (for all EPLs),

    – with LED light sources (for EPL Gc or Dc only).

    NOTE 2 Continuous divergent LED light sources for other than EPL Gc or Dc are not excluded from the standard due to the uncertainty of potential ignition concerns regarding high irradiance.

    1DV.1.9 DR

    3) Optical radiation sources for EPL Mb, Gb or Gc and Db or Dc applications which comply with Class 1 limits in accordance with IEC 60825-1.

    Optical radiation sources for EPL Gc and Dc applications which comply with Class I limits in accordance with the US Code of Federal Regulations, 21 CFR Part 1040.

    NOTE 3 The referenced Class 1 or Class I limits are those that involve emission limits below 15 mW measured at a distance from the optical radiation source in accordance with IEC 60825-1 or the US Code of Federal Regulations, 21 CFR Part 1040, respectively, with this measured distance reflected in the Ex application. Class 1 limits are based on normal operating and single fault conditions, as opposed to Class I limits which are only based on normal operating conditions.

    4) Single or multiple optical fibre cables not part of optical fibre equipment if the cables:

    – comply with the relevant industrial standards, along with additional protective means, e.g. robust cabling, conduit or raceway (for EPL Gb, Db, Mb, Gc or Dc),

    – comply with the relevant industrial standards (for EPL Gc or Dc).

    5) Enclosed equipment involving an enclosure that fully contains the optical radiation and that complies with a suitable type of protection as required by the involved EPL, with the enclosure complying with one of the following conditions:

    – An enclosure for which an ignition due to optical radiation in combination with absorbers inside the enclosure would be acceptable such as flameproof "d" enclosures ( IEC UL 60079-1), or

    – An enclosure for which protection regarding ingress of an explosive gas atmosphere is provided, such as pressurized "p" enclosures ( IEC UL 60079-2), restricted breathing “nR” enclosure ( IEC UL 60079-15), or

    – An enclosure for which protection regarding ingress of an explosive dust atmosphere is provided, such as dust protection "t" enclosures" ( IEC UL 60079-31), or

    – An enclosure for which protection regarding ingress of absorbers is provided (such as IP 6X enclosures) and where no internal absorbers are to be expected.

    NOTE 4 For these scope exclusions based on enclosure constructions, it is anticipated that the enclosures are not opened in the explosive atmosphere, so that ingress is protected.

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    • Cover
    • Transmittal
    • Table of Contents
    • UL Preface
    • Deviations
    • IEC Foreword
    • IEC Introduction
      • EXPLOSIVE ATMOSPHERES – Part 28: Protection of equipment and transmission systems using optical radiation
        • 1 Scope
        • 2 Normative references
        • 3 Terms and definitions
        • 4 General requirements
        • 5 Types of protection
          • 5.1 General
          • 5.2 Requirements for inherently safe optical radiation “op is”
          • 5.3 Requirements for protected optical radiation “op pr”
          • 5.4 Optical system with interlock “op sh”
        • 6 Type verifications and tests
          • 6.1 Test set-up for ignition tests
          • 6.2 Verification of suitability of test set-up for type tests
          • 6.3 Type tests
        • 7 Marking
    • Annex A (informative) Reference test data
    • Annex B (informative)Ignition mechanisms
    • Annex C (normative)Ignition hazard assessment
    • Annex D (informative)Typical optical fibre cable design
    • Annex E (normative)Flow diagram for the assessment of pulses
    • Annex DVF(normative)Requirements for Division 1 and Division 2 equipment and transmission systems using optical radiation
    • Bibliography