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Want a say on IEEE 515-2011’s (trace heating) revision?

January 22, 2016 – The IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) in conjunction with IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) invites all interested parties to notify them if they wish to contribute to the revision of IEEE 515-2011 Standard for the Testing, Design, Installation, and Maintenance of Electrical Resistance Trace Heating for Industrial Applications.

This standard provides requirements for testing, design, installation, and maintenance of electrical resistance trace heating in general industries as applied to pipelines, vessels, pre-traced and thermally insulated instrument tubing, and mechanical equipment. The provisions of this standard are to ensure that process, fluid, or material temperatures are maintained, IEEE-SA explained, such that in normal use, its performance is reliable and poses no danger to the user of surroundings.

IEC/IEEE 60079-30-1 and IEC/IEEE 60079-30-2 (joint development standards integrating IEEE 515-2011 and IEC 60079-30) have been approved, the association said. The requirements in IEEE 515-2011 for hazardous (classified) locations will now be superseded by the requirements in IEC/IEEE 60079-30-1 and IEC/IEEE 60079-30-2. IEEE 515-2011 needs to be revised to remove hazardous location requirements, IEEE-SA says, and update the standard for industrial unclassified (ordinary) locations.

Stakeholders for this standard include manufacturers of resistance trace heaters, designers of trace heating systems, users of trace heating systems and approval agencies.


If you would like to participate in the revision of IEEE 515 -2011, please contact Rich Hulett, working group chair, at rich.hulett@thermon.com by February 3, 2016 with the following information:

• Your name and email address,
• Name of your employer or other affiliation,
• Particular areas of interest and relevant background/expertise.

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