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September 1996

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New types of industrial instruments use fiber-coupled laser energy to power remote sensors. Fiber-optic based instruments are useful in classified (hazardous) locations found in many industrial plants because the fiber provides a natural barrier against accidental electrical discharge into potentially explosive atmospheres. However, current safety standards do not cover the use of laser-powered fiber-optic instruments in potentially explosive environments such as found in coal mines. The U.S. Bureau of Mines began an investigation of laser-powered fiber-optic instruments in explosive atmospheres in support of the standard-making process. A commercial fiber-optic interface system, modified to simulate several worst-case operating conditions, ignited explosive hydrogen-air mixtures. Worst-case simulations consisted of disabling a safety shutoff feature, operating the laser at significantly higher powers than intended for normal operations, and cleaving fiber-optic connections to direct laser energy onto selected absorptive materials. At the highest power level available, the fiber-optic interface system did not ignite selected methane-air mixtures. The obtained data should prove useful in establishing appropriate safety standards.

Authors: TH Dubaniewicz, KL Cashdollar, GR Cucci

Conference PaperSeptember - 1996

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NIOSHTIC2 Number: 20023919

Proc 41st Annual ISA Analysis Div. Symposium, 1996, Framingham, Massachusetts, 29, 1996; :175-184

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