C. Class II, Division 1 - A Class II, Division 1 location is a location: (1) in which combustible dust is in the air under normal operating conditions in quantities sufficient to produce explosive or ignitable mixtures; or (2) where mechanical failure or abnormal operation of machinery or equipment might cause such explosive or ignitable mixtures to be produced, and might also provide a source of ignition through simultaneous failure or electric equipment, operation of protection devices, or from other causes; or (3) in which combustible dusts of an electrically conductive nature may be present. Division 1 locations always require the application of the appropriate dust-ignition proof motor. D. Class II, Division 2 - A Class II, Division 2 location is a location: (1) in which combustible dust will not normally be in suspension in the air in quantities sufficient to produce explosive or ignitable mixtures, and dust accumulations are normally insufficient to interfere with the normal operation of electrical equipment or other apparatus, or (2) dust may be in suspension in the air as a result of infrequent malfunctioning of handling or processing equipment, and dust accumulations resulting from there may be ignitable by abnormal operation or failure of electrical equipment or other apparatus. The National Electrical Code specifies Class limits when operating at full-load in free air. The surface temperature limits vary with dust characteristics such as ignition temperature, susceptibility to dehydration and potential for carbonization. The controlling document is ANSI/ NFPA 70; material characteristics are detailed in NFPA 497M. E. ATEX Zone 2, Group II, Category 3 In all European Union Member States, the product which is intended for use in potentially explosive atmospheres will need to comply with the ATEX Directive 94/9/EC and the CE Marking Directive. This product is governed by European standard EN60079-15. Equipment in this category is intended for use in areas in which explosive atmospheres caused by gases, vapors, mists, or air/dust mixtures are unlikely to occur or, it they do occur, are likely to do so only infrequently and for a short period only.
The various atmospheres defined within the two classes have been divided into groups dependent upon the explosive characteristics of the materials. The class and group of service shall appear on the motor nameplate along with an identification number which identifies a maximum operating temperature as shown in the following tabulations:
Table 37: Hazardous Atmospheres
Class Group ID No.
I I I
B T2A Hydrogen, manufactured gas
Ethyl ether vapor
Gasoline, petroleum, naptha, alcohols, acetone, lacquer solvents, natural gas
D T2A T2D* E T3B
II II II
F T3B Carbon black, coal or coke dust
*T2A without thermostat/T2D with thermostat
Divisions, Hazardous Location The National Electrical Code has defined two distinct divisions within each of the hazardous location classes: A. Class I, Division 1 - A Class I, Division 1 location is a location: (1) in which ignitable concentrations of flamma- ble gases or vapors exist under normal operating conditions; or (2) in which ignitable concentrations of such gases or vapors exist frequently because of repair or maintenance operations or because of leakage; or (3) in which breakdown or faulty operation of equipment or processes might release ignitable concentrations of flammable gases or vapors, and might also cause simultaneous failure of electric equipment. Division 1 locations always require the use of explosion-proof construction motors. B. Class I, Division 2 - A Class I, Division 2 location is a location: (1) in which volatile flammable liquids or flam- mable gases are handled, processed, or used, but in which the liquids, vapors, or gases will normally be confined within closed containers or closed systems from which they can escape only in case of accidental rupture or breakdown of such containers or systems, or in case of abnormal operation of equipment; or (2) in which ignitable concentrations of gases or vapors are normally prevented by positive mechanical ventilation, and which might become hazardous through failure or abnormal operation of the ventilating equipment; or (3) that is adjacent to a Class I, Division 1 location, and to which ignitable concentrations of gases or vapors might occasionally be communicated. The National
Equipment in this category ensures the requisite level of protection during normal operation.
Electrical Code allows the installation of non- explosion-proof motors in Division 2 locations.
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