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Explosion Protection - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780750647779, 9780080470153

Explosion Protection

1st Edition

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Author: Heinrich Groh
Hardcover ISBN: 9780750647779
eBook ISBN: 9780080470153
Imprint: Butterworth-Heinemann
Published Date: 18th December 2003
Page Count: 544
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This book makes Hazardous or Electrical Area Classification simple. In plants processing flammable materials, every effort is made to avoid the escape of such materials and in addition, stringent measures are taken to exclude sources of ignition. A complex array of standards surround this topic which has lead to an overly conservative approach being taken. This type of approach means that much more expensive electrical apparatus than is necessary is installed.

To avoid this unnecessary expenditure, Dr Groh clearly explains the relevant standards, so that accurate assessment of the risks associated with hazardous areas is possible. He also identifies possible ignition sources and methods of designing apparatus which do not cause sparks thereby maintaining safety.

Key Features

  • Covers must-have information regarding IEC/CENELEC standards in electrical or hazardous area classification
  • Provides a clear overview of a complex area


Engineers, physicists, technicians, project managers and consultants in the chemical industry, oil and gas industry, coal mining, those responsible for plant operation, planning of electrical systems, maintenance and repair of explosion protected electrical apparatus.

Table of Contents

Basic principles of explosion protection. The classification of hazardous areas. Standards for electrical apparatus and systems in Zone 1. Grouping and classification of explosion protected electrical apparatus. Marking and selection of explosion protected apparatus. The different types of protection - constructional requirements. Analyzers and analyzer rooms. Testing explosion protected electrical equipment. Financial considerations - selecting explosion protected electrical equipment. Inspection, maintenance and repair of explosion protected equipment. Explosion protected apparatus for Zone 0 and Zone 2. Cable protection in coal mines and other areas hazardous due to combustibles. Bibliography. Index.


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About the Author

Heinrich Groh

Affiliations and Expertise

Dr Heinrich Groh VDE, Lünen, Germany, a planning and consulting company specialising in Electrical Power Engineering, High Voltage Technology, Explosion Protection and Thermodynamics. Member of and German speaker for CENELEC, the international committee for explosion protection.


This book was written for engineers, scientists, plant safety personnel, and students in the field of electrical engineering to provide them with an introduction to the basic principles of explosion protection of electrical equipment and the relevant protection techniques. It certainly fulfills its objectives as it presents much useful and practical information on various types of electrical equipment and protective measures used in industry. It will be more useful to engineers in the UK and Europe than for engineers in the US, but even these will benefit from it if they work for a multi-national corporation which has plants outside the US. - Journal of Loss Prevention in The Process Industries "Groh discusses both theory and practice. The technical(mathematical) basis for explosion protection is well developed. The theory and practice are well illustrated with numerous figures and photographs of installations...I believe the book will be of significant interest to engineers in the field." - Journal of Hazardous Materials

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