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Emergency Isolation Valves to Mitigate Early Pool Fires

Install emergency isolation valves (EIVs) to limit the consequences of uncontrolled releases of ignitable liquids and early pool fires.

Uncontrolled releases of ignitable liquids can cause large pool fires to form, which present a severe hazard to companies. Pool fires cause significant property damage, business interruption, and even loss of life. Emergency isolation valves (EIV) effectively reduce the severity or limit the consequences of these events. Despite the many advantages, EIVs are not extensively deployed in many facilities due to cost concerns or poor perception of process risk.

This article demonstrates the effectiveness of EIVs to reduce the severity of uncontrolled releases of ignitable liquids. In particular, we quantify the effectiveness of EIVs in an ethanol plant using damage functions and hazard analysis software modeling of thermal radiation from a pool fire...

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