Intrinsically Safe Relays

Intrinsic Safety and its advantages.

Instrument Society of American Specification ISA-RP 12.2
Defining Intrinsically Safe Equipment:

"Intrinsically safe equipment and wiring is equipment and wiring which is incapable of releasing sufficient electrical or thermal energy under normal or abnormal conditions to cause ignition of a specific hazardous atmospheric mixture in its most ignited concentration.  Intrinsically safe terminations and wiring may be brought into any hazardous location of any Group classification for which it is accepted without requiring explosion-proof housing or other means of protection."

To be classified "intrinsically safe," a device or circuit must be so designed that no two simultaneous failures can cause an explosion.  Intrinsically safe systems are more dependable.  The I.S. circuit must function reliably per specifications, with no explosions, during and after cycling through a number of operations.


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