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Subject 2200 July 31, 2013

SUMMARY OF TOPICS The following changes in requirements to the Standard for Stationary Engine Generator Assemblies, UL 2200, are being proposed for preliminary review and comment only: 1. For Preliminary Review Only: Proposed new glossary denitions and revised requirements for automatic safety shutoff valves and gas ow controls COMMENTS DUE: AUGUST 14, 2013
This proposal is for review and comment only (no ballot at this time). Please note that comments on a preliminary review document will not receive a response from the proposal author through CSDS. Instead, the proposal author will be asked to review the comments and adjust the proposals and/or supporting rationale as the author determines to be appropriate. The preliminary review process is an informal mechanism that provides authors with the opportunity to rene their proposals before they advance to the next stage in ULs standards development process. In some cases, the author of the proposals may choose to discontinue them. In this case, the author need not do anything after preliminary review has ended. Normally, the next step in the process is the more formal STP ballot and stakeholder review process. Only comments posted during the STP ballot and stakeholder review process will be provided with a response in CSDS. For your convenience in review, proposed additions to existing requirements are shown underlined and proposed deletions are shown lined-out. 1. For Preliminary Review Only: Proposed new glossary denitions and revised requirements for automatic safety shutoff valves and gas ow controls RATIONALE Proposal submitted by: Mike Lawson References Utilized. The following references were used to develop the proposed changes. NFPA 37-2010, Standard for the Installation and Use of Stationary Combustion Engines and Gas Turbines NFPA 37-2006, Standard for the Installation and Use of Stationary Combustion Engines and Gas Turbines (For the auxiliary valve denition only) ANSI Z21.21-2012, Automatic Valves for Gas Appliances ANSI Z21.13-2010, Gas Fired Low Pressure Steam and Hot Water Boilers

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The Energy Library: The Energy Library which is web-based information resource about energy. http://www.theenergylibrary.com. Rationale for Revising 41.3.2 Gas Flow Controls Revisions to Paragraph 41.3.2 Gas Flow Controls are necessary to clarify that all gas to the engine shall pass through at least one automatic valve and one automatic safety shutoff valve. To clarify the intent, it is proposed that denitions will be added to the Glossary and that the language and formatting of 41.3.2 Gas Flow Controls will be modied. The intent of 41.3.2 is not changed. The proposed changes also serve to make the denitions and language of 41.3.2 consistent with NFPA 37-2010 and ANSI Z21.21-2012. NFPA 37 and ANSI Z21.21 were reviewed and 41.3.2 of UL 2200 was written to be consistent with those standards to the extent practicable. The 1 second closure requirement was included to be consistent with the 1 second requirement stated in paragraphs 5.4.3 and 5.4.3.1 of NFPA 37-2010 for automatic valves and auxiliary valves. The proposed denition for auxiliary valve is from NFPA 37-2006 because the denition was deleted from the current edition of the code but the type of valve is still referenced in the NFPA 37-2010 requirements and used in UL 2200 so it is proposed to be dened. Rationale for Revising Denitions: 1. General Denitions are required to clarify the intent of 41.3.2 Gas Flow Controls. Automatic Valve, Auxiliary Valve, and Zero Governor Regulator are being added to the Glossary. The terms are used in the current edition and the proposed revisions. Automatic Safety Shutoff Valve is being added to the Glossary. Automatic Safety Shutoff Valve replaces the term safety shutoff valve. The change will clarify that the safety shutoff valve is automatic, and make the terminology consistent with Part VI of ANSI Z21.21-2012. 2. Development of Denitions AUTOMATIC SAFETY SHUTOFF VALVE The proposed denition reects the intended operation as described in the present and proposed versions of UL 2200. The denition was coordinated with the denitions in Paragraph 3.3.12.1 of NFPA 37-2010, and Part VI of ANSI Z21.21-2012. AUTOMATIC VALVE: The proposed denition reects the intended operation as described in the present and proposed versions of UL 2200, and in Paragraph 5.4.3 of NFPA 37-2010. The denition of Automatic Valve as listed in Part VI of ANSI Z21.21-2012 was considered. Paragraph 1.14 of ANSI Z21.13-2010 was also used in developing the denition. ANSI Z21.13-2010 was considered because the present text of UL 2200 41.3.2, Automatic Valves, appears to have been based on ANSI Z21.13-2010, Paragraph 1.14 Automatic Valves and Safety Shutoff Valves. AUXILIARY VALVE: The proposed denition reects the intended operation as described in the present and proposed versions of UL 2200, and in Paragraph 5.4.3.1 of NFPA 37-2010. The denition for Auxiliary Valve indicated in Paragraph 3.3.12.2 of NFPA 37-2006 was considered.

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ZERO GOVERNOR REGULATOR: Most of the denition was copied from the web site of The Energy Library. The denition is listed on the Dictionary page of http://www.theenergylibrary.com. The denition was edited to apply to an engine and to clarify that the fuel inlet referenced is at the inlet to the engine. The denition in Paragraph 3.3.13 of NFPA 37-2010 was considered. Several other resources were reviewed and considered. PROPOSAL
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2.2.1 AUTOMATIC SAFETY SHUTOFF VALVE (ASSV) A device consisting of a valve and operator that controls the gas supply to the engine. The operator may be actuated by the application of gas pressure on a exible diaphragm, by electrical means, by mechanical means, or some other means. The valve serves as a safety device that closes upon command from the automatic engine shutdown sensor. Adapted from ANSI Z21.21-2012 Part VI with permission of CSA Group. 2.2.2 AUTOMATIC VALVE A valve which controls the ow of gas to the engine during normal operation, and will automatically shut off the ow of gas to the engine in case the engine stops for any cause. Automatic valves include zero governor type regulating valves and auxiliary valves. Adapted from ANSI Z21.21-2012 Part VI with permission of CSA Group. 2.2.3 AUXILIARY VALVE A control valve that will automatically close to stop the ow of gas to the engine in the event the engine stops. Reprinted with permission from NFPA 37-2006 and NFPA 37-2010, Standard for the Installation and Use of Stationary Combustion Engines and Gas Turbines, Copyright 2006 and 2009, National Fire Protection Association, Quincy, MA. This reprinted material is not the complete and official position of the NFPA on the referenced subject, which is represented only by the standard in its entirety. 2.47 ZERO GOVERNOR REGULATOR A fuel regulating device in which pressure is reduced to zero at the fuel inlet to the engine; when a partial vacuum is created in the fuel line, suction will cause the regulator to open, thus allowing ow to the engine as long as the demand continues. This device is also known as a demand type regulator. Reproduced from the Public website http://www.theenergylibrary.com 41.3.2 Gas Flow Controls

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41.3.2.1 General 41.3.2.1.1 No control shall be furnished on an engine generator assembly which allows, by manual operation, gas ow to the engine when it is shutdown. 41.3.2.1.2 An automatic shutdown sensor shall be provided in the event of engine shutdown. 41.3.2.1.3 The automatic engine shutdown sensors shall open an electric circuit to the automatic gas valve. 41.3.2.1.4 Every gas engine shall have a carburetion valve, zero governor-type regulating valves, fuel control valve, or an auxiliary valve which automatically shuts off the ow of gas in case the engine stops for any cause. 41.3.2.1.5 Automatically started or unattended engines shall be provided with a fuel control valve or an auxiliary valve which stops the ow of gas in case the engine stops for any cause. A zero governor-type regulator alone is not adequate protection in such installations. The auxiliary valve shall be installed ahead of the carburetion valve, zero governor, or other controls. 41.3.2.2 Automatic valves 41.3.2.2.1 All gas to the engine shall pass through at least two valves in series which are sometimes in a single control body. These valves shall be either: a) At least two automatic valves all of which operate each time there is a call for fuel and also serve as safety shutoff valves, or b) At least one automatic valve and one safety shutoff valve. The automatic valve shall operate each time there is a call for fuel and also serve as a safety shutoff valve. The safety shutoff valve shall serve only as a safety shutoff valve. 41.3.2.2.2 Automatic valves shall comply with the applicable provisions of the Standard for Automatic Valves for Gas Appliances, ANSI Z21.21. 41.3.2.2.3 Electrically operated main gas-control valves shall be of a type that close upon current failure. 41.3.2 Gas Flow Controls

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41.3.2.1 General 41.3.2.1.1 No control shall be furnished on an engine generator assembly which allows, by manual operation, gas ow to the engine when it is shutdown. 41.3.2.1.2 An automatic engine shutdown sensor shall be provided to detect when the engine is shutdown.
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41.3.2.1.3 The automatic engine shutdown sensor shall cause the automatic safety shutoff valve to close in the event the engine is shutdown. 41.3.2.2 Automatic valves and automatic safety shutoff valves (ASSV) 41.3.2.2.1 All gas to the engine shall pass through at least one automatic valve and one automatic safety shutoff valve. The valves shall be in series and may be in a single control body. 41.3.2.2.2 Automatic safety shutoff valve (ASSV): a) Shall close upon shutdown or failure conditions, to automatically stop the ow of gas to the engine within one second. The valve closes upon command from the automatic engine shutdown sensor. b) Shall be of the type that fails closed. 41.3.2.2.3 Automatic valve: a) The automatic valve shall: i) Operate each time there is a call for fuel. ii) Completely stop the ow of gas within 1 second of the engine shutting down for any reason. iii) Be of the type that fails closed. b) A zero governor regulator or an auxiliary valve may serve as the automatic valve. 41.3.2.2.4 Automatic valves and automatic safety shutoff valves shall comply with the applicable requirements in the Standard for Automatic Valves for Gas Appliances, ANSI Z21.21, including the following: a) Normally closed electrically operated automatic safety shutoff valves shall close upon zero current ow. b) Normally closed gas operated automatic safety shutoff valves shall close upon pressure failure to the valve operator. Copyright 2013 Underwriters Laboratories Inc.

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