MODULE DETAILS

 

Module 13: Practical Hazardous Areas for Engineers and Technicians

 

Nominal duration: 4 weeks (48 hours total time commitment)

 

This time commitment includes the preparation reading, attendance at each webinar (1 hour plus 15-30 minutes for discussion), and the time necessary to complete the assignments and further study.

 

MODULE PURPOSE

 

This module covers the design and installation of explosion protected apparatus in hazardous areas.

 

PRE-REQUISITES MODULE, UNITS /

 

CO-REQUISITES

 

Module 12

 

ASSESSMENT STRATEGY

 

To evaluate the achievement of the learning outcomes; written assignments, group projects and practical exercises are set.

 

SUMMARY OF LEARNING OUTCOMES

 

1. Examine the concept of hazardous areas

 

2. Examine the standards, certification, and approvals for hazardous areas

 

3. Examine the protection concepts for hazardous areas

 

4. Examine the installation, inspection and maintenance issues for hazardous areas

 

Learning Outcome 1

 

Examine the concept of hazardous areas

 

Assessment Criteria

 

1.1

 

Examine the basic concepts and terminology related to protection in hazardous areas

 

 

1.2

 

Compare the properties of combustible and flammable material

 

 

1.3

 

Perform risk assessment for hazardous areas

 

 

1.4

 

Outline the classification system for sources of release and the concept of zones

 

 

 

 

1.5

 

Examine the classification system for apparatus used in hazardous areas

 

Learning Outcome 2

 

Examine the standards, certification, and approvals for hazardous areas

 

Assessment Criteria

 

2.1

 

Compare:

 

(a) British standards

 

(b) European standards

 

(c) North American standards

 

(d) International standards

 

 

2.2

 

Examine the marking and identification of equipment for use in Hazardous Areas

 

 

2.3

 

Prepare the names of the various Certification

Authorities

 

 

2.4

 

Examine the principles of the: (a) IEx schemes

(b) EEx schemes

 

(c) AEx schemes

 

 

2.5

 

Examine the ATEX directives in Europe

 

 

2.6

 

Examine the process of component, apparatus and systems certification

 

Learning Outcome 3

 

Examine the protection concepts for hazardous areas

 

Assessment Criteria

 

3.1

 

Examine the applicable theory and definitions for protection in hazardous areas

 

 

 

 

3.2

 

Determine the practical aspects and limitations of each the following protection techniques:

 

(a) Flameproof Ex d

 

(b) Increased Safety Ex e

 

(c) Non-Incendive Ex n (d) Pressurization Ex p (e) Oil-Immersion Ex o (f) Sand-filling Ex q

(g) Encapsulation Ex m (h) Intrinsic Safety Ex I (i) Special Ex s

 

Learning Outcome 4

 

Examine the installation, inspection and maintenance issues for hazardous areas

 

Assessment Criteria

 

4.1

 

Outline the general installation requirements for all types of protection

 

 

4.2

 

Examine the applicable techniques for earthing and bonding equipment

 

 

4.3

 

Examine the inspection and maintenance requirements for apparatus operating in hazardous areas

 

 

4.4

 

Illustrate the tools and test equipment to be used in hazardous areas

 

 

4.5

 

Outline the issues to be aware of during inspections

 

Delivery mode

 

A combination of asynchronous and synchronous e-learning delivery comprising a judicious mix of interactive online web conferencing, simulation (virtual labs) software, remote online labs, online videos, PowerPoint slides, notes, reading and study materials (in PDF, HTML and Word format) accessed through the Moodle Learning Management System (LMS).

 

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