What is a Dust Explosion?

In addition to the familiar fire triangle of oxygen, heat, and fuel (the dust), dispersion of dust particles in sufficient quantity and concentration can cause rapid combustion known as deflagration. If the event is confined by an enclosure such as a building, room, vessel, or process equipment, the resulting pressure rise may cause an

What is a Dust Explosion?2020-12-30T15:47:04+00:00

What’s a Secondary Explosion?

An initial (primary) explosion in processing equipment or in an area where fugitive dust has accumulated may dislodge more accumulated dust into the air, or damage a containment system (such as a duct, vessel, or collector). As a result, if ignited, the additional dust dispersed into the air may cause one or more secondary

What’s a Secondary Explosion?2020-12-30T15:48:59+00:00

What Industries Need to Be Concerned with Combustible Dust?

Combustible dust explosion hazards exist in a variety of industries, including: agriculture, chemicals, food (e.g., candy, sugar, spice, starch, flour, feed), grain, fertilizer, tobacco, plastics, wood, forest, paper, pulp, rubber, furniture, textiles, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, tire and rubber manufacturing, dyes, coal, metal processing (e.g., aluminum, chromium, iron, magnesium, and zinc), recycling operations, and fossil fuel

What Industries Need to Be Concerned with Combustible Dust?2020-12-30T15:50:27+00:00

What is Combustible Dust?

Combustible dust is defined as a solid material composed of distinct particles or pieces, regardless of size, shape, or chemical composition, which presents a fire or deflagration hazard when suspended in air or some other oxidizing medium over a range of concentrations. Combustible dusts are often either organic or metal dusts that are finely

What is Combustible Dust?2020-12-30T15:52:35+00:00

What Types of Dust Should I Concerned About Handling?

Larger particles of dust can still pose a deflagration hazard (for instance, as larger particles are moved, they can abrade each other, creating smaller particles). In addition, particles can stick together (agglomerate) due to electrostatic charges accumulated through handling, causing them to become explosible when dispersed. Types of dusts include, but are not limited

What Types of Dust Should I Concerned About Handling?2020-12-30T15:55:42+00:00

What is the Dust Explosion Pentagon?

The first three elements are those needed for a fire, i.e., the familiar "fire triangle": Combustible dust (fuel); Ignition source (heat); and, Oxygen in air (oxidizer).An additional two elements must be present for a combustible dust explosion: Dispersion of dust particles in sufficient quantity and concentration; and, Confinement of the dust cloud. If one

What is the Dust Explosion Pentagon?2020-12-30T15:57:35+00:00

Why is Predictive Maintenance Important?

Protecting your process from unplanned downtime, which often results in millions lost in revenue, should be the fundamental objective of every plant operator. In facilities that handle combustible dust, protecting against this unplanned downtime is essential.

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How Can I Control Dust Hazards?

Equipment or spaces such as ducts, dust collectors, vessels, and processing equipment that contain combustible dust should be designed in a manner to prevent leaks to minimize the escape of dust into work areas. Any dust that settles on workplace surfaces should be removed through a routinely implemented housekeeping program. Areas or equipment potentially

How Can I Control Dust Hazards?2020-12-30T16:06:46+00:00
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