Ignitability of Combustible Dust Fueled Flash Fires with Industrial Ignition Sources

  • Type:
    Conference Presentation
  • Conference Type:
    AIChE Spring Meeting and Global Congress on Process Safety
  • Presentation Date:
    March 28, 2017
  • Duration:
    30 minutes
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Combustible dust flash fires can represent a serious hazard in industrial settings and can require significant mitigation efforts. Increasingly, standards require the use of Dust Hazard Analyses (DHAs) to determine the appropriate level of protection for specific processes. However, assessing the likelihood of ignition can be difficult for hard-to-ignite dusts. Common ASTM dust cloud methods either use capacitive sparks up to a few Joules, which are typically too weak to ignite hard-to-ignite dust, or pyrotechnic igniters, which are difficult to correlate to real-world industrial ignition sources. Tests to evaluate whether a dust cloud could be ignited by a flame, such as a pilot flame or a torch flame are not frequently utilized. Based on previous testing by the authors, many dusts that are explosible in confined 20-L ASTM testing do not appear to propagate flames under more realistic flash fire conditions. This paper extends the previous testing to include the use of relevant ignition sources such as higher energy sparks, diffusion flames, and pre-mixed flames to further develop techniques that can be used in practical hazard analyses and risk assessments.
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