BS EN 60846-1:2014 - Measurement procedures for materials used in photovoltaic modules. Edge seals. Suggested test methods for use with edge seal materials

BS EN 60846-1:2014

Measurement procedures for materials used in photovoltaic modules. Edge seals. Suggested test methods for use with edge seal materials

Status : Current, Under review   Published : September 2014



This part of the IEC 60846 series applies to dose equivalent (rate) meters and/or monitors for the measurement of ambient dose equivalent (rate) and/or directional dose equivalent (rate) from external beta, X and gamma radiation, as recommended in ICRU, Report 47.


If both quantities, ambient dose equivalent and directional dose equivalent are meant, the term dose equivalent may be used as an abbreviation.

This part of IEC 60846 series applies only to portable meters and monitors which are intended to be used in both the workplace and the environment. It applies to devices that measure the dose equivalent or dose equivalent rate from external beta and/or X and gamma radiation in the dose range between 0,01 μSv and 10 Sv and the dose rate range between 0,01 μSv h −1 and 10 Sv h −1 and in the energy ranges given in the following Table. All the energy values are mean energies with respect to the prevailing dose quantity.

Table 1
Measuring quantities and energy ranges covered by the standard

[This table has been removed.]


For beta-particle radiation, an energy of 0,07 MeV is required to penetrate the dead layer of skin of 0,07 mm (almost equivalent to 0,07 mm of ICRU tissue) nominal depth.


Where a dose rate meter or monitor may be attached to a supplementary probe used to monitor contamination, the relevant standard for that probe is IEC 60325 .

If national legislation requires the use of different measuring quantities, for example, air kerma or exposure, the standard may be used with the respective adjustments.

In this document, the expression "dose equivalent (rate)" is used when the provisions apply to both the measurement of dose equivalent and the measurement of dose equivalent rate.


It does not apply to medical radiology which is within the scope of technical committee 62, where the conditions of radiation exposure may be extremely inhomogeneous, but precisely known.


It does not apply to instruments intended to be worn by an individual for the purpose of estimating the radiation dose received by that individual.

The object of this standard is to specify the design requirements and the performance characteristics of dose equivalent (rate) meters intended for the determination of ambient dose equivalent (rate) and directional dose equivalent (rate) as defined in ICRU Report 47.

Accordingly, this standard specifies:

  1. general characteristics, the functions and performance characteristics of dose equivalent (rate) meters;

  2. the methods of test to be used to determine compliance with the requirements of this standard.

Some countries may wish to use this type of dose equivalent (rate) meter for measurements in the framework of legal metrology.

Standard NumberBS EN 60846-1:2014
TitleMeasurement procedures for materials used in photovoltaic modules. Edge seals. Suggested test methods for use with edge seal materials
StatusCurrent, Under review
Publication Date30 September 2014
Normative References(Required to achieve compliance to this standard)IEC 60068-2-31:2008, ISO 6980-1:2006, EN 60529:1991/A1:2000, IEC 61000-4-3:2006, EN 61000-4-2:1995/A1:1998, IEC 61000-6-2:2005, IEC 60216-5, IEC 60112, ISO 11443, EN 61000-6-2:2005/CORR:2005, ISO 11359-2, ISO 6721-6, IEC 60695-11-10, EN 60529:1991/CORR:1993, IEC 62788-6-2, ISO 62, IEC 60664-1, ISO 4037-3:1999, ISO 6980-2:2004, ISO 15512, ISO 4037-4:2004, IEC 61000-4-8:1993, EN 61187:1994, IEC TS 61836, EN 61000-6-2:2005, IEC 60086-2:2006, ISO/IEC Guide 98-3:2008, IEC 62788-1-2, EN 60068-2-31:2008, IEC 60050-394:2007, IEC 60359:2001, ISO 4037-2:1997, IEC 61000-4-8:1993/A1:2000, EN 61000-4-8:1993/A1:2001, ISO 4587, IEC 61000-4-2:1995/A2:2000, ISO 4037-1:1996, EN 60529:1991, IEC 61000-4-2:1995, IEC TS 62788-2:2017, ASTM D6869 - 03, ASTM D7191 - 10, IEC 60243-1:2013, IEC 61730-2:2016, IEC 61187:1993, ISO/IEC Guide 99:2007, IEC 60243-2:2013, ASTM D3835 - 08, EN 61000-4-6:2009, IEC 60086-1:2006, IEC 60529:1989, EN 61000-4-2:1995/A2:2001, EN 61000-4-3:2006/A1:2008, EN 61000-4-3:2006, EN 61187:1994/CORR:1995, EN 60086-1:2007, EN 60086-2:2007, EN 61000-4-2:1995, IEC 61000-4-
Informative References(Provided for Information)IEC 61730-1:2016, EN 61005:2004, EN 60325:2004, IEC 60325:2002, ICRU Report 47:1992, WELMEC 7.2, WELMEC:2005, IEC 61215, ICRU report 51:1993, IEC 61005:2003
ReplacesBS EN 60846:2004
International RelationshipsEN 60846-1:2014,IEC 62788-5-1:2020
Draft Superseded By17/30352672 DC
DescriptorsBeta-particles, Electromagnetic radiation, Exposure-rate meters, Radioactive materials, Radiation protection, Design, Radiation, Performance, Gamma-radiation, X-rays, Dosimeters, Radiation measurement, Radiation hazards, Electrical properties of materials
Title in FrenchProcédures de mesure des matériaux utilisés dans les modules photovoltaïques - Partie 5-1:
Title in GermanStrahlenschutz-Messgeräte. Umgebungs- und/oder Richtungs-Äquivalentdosis(leistungs)-Messgeräte und/oder Monitore für Beta-, Röntgen- und Gammastrahlung. Tragbare Messgeräte und Monitore für den Arbeitsplatz und die Umgebung
ISBN978 0 580 78494 1
File Size2.263 MB

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