Unraveling the Mysteries of AN Detonations: Why Beirut, Tianjin, and West Texas should not occur
- Type: Archived Webinar
- Level: Basic
- Duration: 1 hour
- PDHs: 0.00
The webinar will provide process safety professionals working with ammonium nitrate (AN) prevention processes to implement to prevent disastrous and tragic events.
Ammonium nitrate is used widely as a nitrogen fertilizer and as an additive when manufacturing explosives. It can be found naturally as a mineral and is produced by reacting anhydrous ammonia with nitric acid and dried to form small beads/prills. While extremely stable under most conditions, the AN fertilizer is also commonly stored in bulk quantities posing a risk if not properly protected against large fires.
In this webinar, prevention and safety expert Dr Scott Davis will discuss AN incidents in Beirut, Lebanon, Tianjin, China and West Texas, as well as lessons learned to avoid such incidents in the future. All these events involved unique conditions necessary to turn the relatively stable oxidizer ammonium nitrate into a detonating explosive.
By attending this webinar, you will:
- Understand the unique set of conditions necessary for explosive decomposition of AN
- Learn how to avoid such conditions to avoid explosive decomposition of AN
- Learn how to prevent tragic and devastating AN explosions
- Learn how advanced blast techniques can help understand the blast
Dr. Scott Davis specializes in mechanical and aerospace engineering, and the engineering analysis and testing of combustion, thermal, and fluid processes. He applies his expertise to the investigation, prevention, and risk assessment of fires, explosions, and dispersion hazards such as flammable vapors and toxic exposures.Read more
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