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April 1, 2014
When flammable or combustible atmospheres are present, uncontrolled discharges of static electricity are potentially dangerous or even catastrophic. A significant portion of industrial explosions and fires are attributable to static electricity each year. In theory, controlling static electricity by grounding potential sources is simple, but in practice, doing so effectively requires thorough knowledge of...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/fire_protection/Static-Electricity-Discharge-and-Fire-Prevention_11619.html
April 1, 2012
This company has added long-range fire detection and fire risk-assessment capabilities to certain models of its EyeSec line of high-performance, uncooled thermal cameras. With this integrated option, the company claims to be the only camera manufacturer...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/fire_protection/A-video-camera-that-detects-fires-and-fire-risks_9199.html
July 1, 2011
Developed for installation in confined spaces, the ready-to-connect pressure booster systems Hya-Solo D FL Compact (photo) and Hya-Duo D FL Compact systems...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/fire_protection/Firefighting-equipment-for-when-space-is-limited_8163.html
March 15, 2008
July, Causes and Prevention of Packing Fires, p. 34. I thought the article was very timely and informative and appreciate being a reference for your paper. However, after reviewing the information provided regarding potassium permanganate (especially Table 1), I must provide the following constructive comments. We know of one specific refinery that has been using permanganate since 1991 with excellent...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/fire_protection/Letters-Packing-fires-and-permanganate_3713.html
October 1, 2007
Click here for full pdf version of this article - includes all graphs, charts, tables, and author information   Explosion prevention must be a primary objective wherever the process of transferring powders into flammable solvents is utilized, irrelevant of the industry and existing practices, in accordance with regulatory guidelines such as the ATEX directives (Directive 94/9/EC, 1994 and Directive...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/fire_protection/Prevent-Explosions-During-Transfer-Of-Powders-Into-Flammable-Solvents_3394.html
July 1, 2007
    Most columns shut down without fires. Yet most refineries and chemical plants at some time or another have experienced spontaneous or hot work ignitions in at least one column. When this occurs inside a column during or after shutdown, the results can be devastating and dangerous. This paper concentrates on the fires related to packing in columns.   Many refineries and chemical plants...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/fire_protection/Causes-and-Prevention-of-Packing-Fires_3124.html
July 1, 2007
    Traditional pressure-relief devices are, at times, unable to protect vessels at the elevated temperatures experienced during fires. As witnessed by numerous examples throughout history, loss of containment and the subsequent explosions that may occur with an over-pressurized system can lead to catastrophic results in terms of equipment damage, monetary loss, environmental impact and even...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/fire_protection/Emergency-Pressure-Relief-For-External-Fire-Scenarios_3126.html
January 1, 2007
    Chemicals, plastics, pharmaceutical, food, agricultural chemicals, coal and bio-chemical industries have a wide array of processes where the raw materials, intermediates and products are in particulate form. Hazards associated with particulate solids are unique, and in most cases depend on the particle size. The purpose of this paper is to present a systematic framework for designing...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/fire_protection/Design-Safer-Solids-Processing-Plants_3118.html
December 1, 2006
DNV Software (Oslo, Norway; edlinks.che.com/6519-533) and The SimSci-Esscor unit of Invensys (Lake Forest, Calif.; edlinks.che.com/6519-534) have developed a link between the former’s Phastfx flammable-effects-software module and the latter’s...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/fire_protection/Plant-safety-software_3047.html
October 1, 2006
A new-type of polymer composite has recently been commercialized by Ceram Polymerik Pty Ltd. (Melbourne, Australia; edlinks.che.com/6517-533) for passive fire-protection applications. Passive fire protection consists of using a material or structure that confines fires, giving people more time to escape while reducing structural damage. The new composite is based on technology that transforms plastics and...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/fire_protection/Fire-turns-this-polymer-composite-into-a-rigid-protective-barrier_3012.html
May 1, 2006
    Among pilot plants, those in petrochemical or petroleum-refining service pose special risks of fire and/or explosion. The key strategies to minimize those risks are these: properly conducted preconstruction safety reviews; leaktight design and construction; close attention to area electrical classification; well-designed ventilation; well-planned storage; properly conducted maintenance; and...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/fire_protection/Preventing-Fires-and-Explosions-in-Pilot-Plants_2800.html
April 1, 2006
    Liquids are accumulated and stored in tanks of various shapes and sizes throughout the chemical process industries (CPI). A small number of companies have made the design, fabrication and erection of these vessels their specialty. Initially, however, it is the process engineer who sizes and specifies tanks according to a specific application’s needs. In order to develop a data sheet for...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/fire_protection/Understanding-Atmospheric-Storage-Tanks_2791.html
April 1, 2006
    Hydrogen is widely employed for hydrogenation and other purposes in chemicals manufacture, petroleum refining and other chemical process industries (Hydrogen: The Real Action Is Today, CE, February, pp. 28ff), and it holds promise as a fuel. However, this gas is highly explosive, prone to leakage and permeation, and difficult to detect, so special care must be taken during process engineering...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/fire_protection/How-to-Handle-Hydrogen-In-Process-Plants_2815.html
January 1, 2006
An electronic nose capable of distinguishing between cigarette smoke and smoke from an office or factory fire has been developed by a consortium of nine European companies and research institutions, with funding from the EU’s IST (Information Society Technologies) program. A...
http://www.chemengonline.com/environmental_health_and_safety/plant_and_personnel_safety/fire_protection/Chementator-Smelling-false-alarms_2875.html

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