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Reference EN 60376:2005
Title Specification of technical grade sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) for use in electrical equipment
Project Number 16317
Abstract/Scope This International Standard defines the quality requirements and properties for technical grade sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) for use in electrical equipment. It covers the properties and methods of test applicable to SF6 when this substance is supplied for use in connection with any electrical equipment. This second edition differs widely from the first one. The focus is now on the specification of the gas needed for electrical applications. As a consequence, the term employed to name this gas is technical grade in place of new. Based on experience, the acceptable impurity levels have been increased. However, the gas as defined in this new second edition has the same performance in electrical equipment as the gas previously defined in the first edition. The analytical methods for the SF6 analysis have been removed as it has been found confusing to prescribe methods that can become obsolete very rapidly.


Current Stage code 6060
Current Stage code date 2005-10-04
Current Stage code deadline 2006-06-01
Deadline date for vote  


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IEC Technical Body IEC/TC 10
Reference Document IEC 60376:2005 (EQV)
ICS 29.040.20 - Insulating gases
29.130 - Switchgear and controlgear
Keywords SF6 grade; Technical grade
Special National Condition(s)  


Categories - Aspects
Product Life Cycle
All Emissions to air - SF6 Use, Recovery, Disposal B2B, B2C


Deadline Date
6060 2005-10-04 2006-06-01 export to doc file  EN  FR  DE
5099 2005-09-01 2005-12-01  
5061 2005-06-27 2005-09-01  
5020 2005-03-11 2005-05-13  
4099 2004-12-03 2005-01-31  
4020 2004-04-09 2004-09-10  
3099 2004-04-06 2003-04-09  

Implementation Dates

date of Ratification (DOR) (1) 2005-09-01
date of Availability (DAV) (2) 2005-10-04
date of Announcement (DOA) (3) 2005-12-01
date of Publication (DOP) (4) 2006-06-01
date of Withdrawal (DOW) (5) 2008-09-01


Superseded by  
Normative reference (6) ISO 14040:1997
IEC 60050-191:1990
IEC 60050-212:1990
IEC 60050-441:1984
IEC 60050-826:2004
EN 60480:2004
IEC/TR 61634:1995

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