SAChE® – Dust Explosions | AIChE

SAChE® – Dust Explosions

This course covers the fundamentals of combustible dust and its hazards. By way of introduction, several significant case histories are presented, which leads into a detailed presentation on dust hazard recognition, factors which contribute to dust hazards, how to evaluate and quantify these hazards, and what methods are commonly applied to both prevent the occurrence, and mitigate the impact of combustible dust explosions.

Please note that ELA992 has replaced ELA906: SAChE® Certificate Program - Dust Explosion Control

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Unit 1:

  • Several significant dust explosion incidents will be reviewed in detail
  • The required elements for a dust fire and a dust explosion will be covered
  • The similarities and differences between vapor and dust explosions will be explored

Unit 2:

  • The key physical parameters of dust explosions will be discussed
  • The order of magnitude of measured values for each property will be presented

Unit 3:

  • The parameters for quantifying and evaluating dust explosion hazards will be presented
  • The key Risk Based Process Safety (RBPS) elements needed to control dust explosion hazards will be presented and discussed

Unit 4:

  • The differences between preventive and mitigative methods of controlling dust explosion hazards will be presented and discussed
  • Reliable sources of information for controlling dust hazards will be presented

This course is designed to be of interest to those students (undergraduate and graduate) as well as new professionals, who have had previous exposure to process safety fundaments, and who wish to begin investigating more advanced process safety topical areas.  This course builds other related SACHE courses, primarily those dealing with hazard identification, risk assessment, and explosion prevention and protection.  This course will also provide a baseline understanding for those students who wish to pursue more extensive and detailed classes on combustible dust.

Students are encouraged to take the Level 2 (intermediate) courses or become familiar with the subjects covered by the Level 2 courses by other means before taking this course.  In particular, it is recommended that students take ELA963 “Fire Hazards” and ELA964 “Explosion Hazards” beforehand or already be knowledgeable about fire and explosion hazards associated with flammable liquids and vapors.

  • Unit 1: Recognizing Combustible Dust Hazards
  • Unit 2: Factors Contributing to Combustible Dust Hazards
  • Unit 3: Evaluating and Managing Dust Explosion Hazards
  • Unit 4: Preventing and Mitigating Dust Explosion Hazards

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    SAChE – Safety and Chemical Engineering Education
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    2.25 hours
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    New Jersey
    New York