Safety Issues in Particle Handling: Dust Explosions

AIChE Webinar
Originally delivered Aug 4, 2010

Over the past 6 years dust explosions have claimed 28 lives in the United States, tragically demonstrating the importance of proper design and operation to ensure safety in solids handling operations. The trend towards manufacture of finer combustible powders in many businesses can only be expected to increase this risk in the future. This webinar provides a fundamental understanding of dust explosions with an emphasis on preventive and mitigative measures to prevent their occurrence. Current regulatory activity regarding solids-handling safety will also be briefly discussed.

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Robert L. Gravell

Bob Gravell is a Principal Process Safety Consultant with the DuPont Company and is located at the DuPont Explosion Hazards Laboratory in Deepwater, NJ. 

Bob received his BS and MS degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Virginia and has 34 years of experience with DuPont, including assignments in project engineering, technical services, manufacturing, and R&D.  In his current role he is responsible for addressing a wide range of  reactive hazards issues, including flammability and explosion behavior of vapors and combustible dusts.  He is also the primary...

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