This course introduces the student to area classification issues and how to specify and recognize an installation that does not meet the NFPA standards. If you work in an industrial facility and it has flammable gasses or liquids that are being processed or handled, this course is a must for you. As an electrical engineer we are required to create EAC electrical area classification drawings, and specify electrical equipment for hazardous areas, this course will help the student understand what needs to be done.
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Area classification is a tool engineers use to analyze and classify the environment where explosive gas atmospheres may occur so as to facilitate the proper selection and installation of electrical equipment and other apparatus to be used safely in that environment, taking into account gas groups and temperature classes. In most practical situations where flammable materials are used, it is difficult to ensure that an explosive gas atmosphere will never occur. It may also be difficult to ensure that devices and apparatus will never give rise to a source of ignition. Therefore, in situations where an explosive gas atmosphere has a high likelihood of occurring, reliance is placed on using apparatus which has a low likelihood of creating a source of ignition. Conversely, where the likelihood of an explosive gas atmosphere occurring is reduced, apparatus constructed to a less rigorous standard may be used.
Vincent W. Wedelich, P.E., MBA
BSEE University of New York
Masters in Business Administration HBU
Project Manager (large and medium refinery projects).
•Consultant Texas PE (Electrical Engineer) with Specialties in Engineering, Architecture, Construction, Environmental and Consulting Solutions
•Project Manager and business development consultant with substantial project (EPCM) and manufacturing experience. Strong communication skills, as well as team building skills. Focuses on project management (EPCM), business development, problem solving, and coaching/mentoring.
•Executive with broad experience in all aspects of electrical engineering, and multidiscipline engineering project management.
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