Combustible Dust Explosion Hazards can be reduced or eliminated by using an IEP Technologies System. Just about every facility that handles stores or processes solids has an explosion risk when solids turn into dust during processing. Dust explosion can and do occur in a wide range of materials including but limited to: Aluminum, Cellulose, Charcoal, Corn, Floor, Fungicides, Grain, Milk Powders, Pharmaceuticals, Plastics, Resin, Starch, and Sugar. As a general rule, if a material can burn, under the right conditions, it can and will explode.
Combustible dust explosion environments are found in conveying, processing, pulverizing and storing processes. Each of these environments has their unique challenge when it comes to reducing or eliminating explosion risks.
Any facility that handles, stores or processes solids has an explosion risk. As a general rule, if a material can burn, under the right conditions it can and will explode. Selecting the right type of explosion protection system can make the difference.
Explosion Venting is one of three basic system elements used for protection from combustible dust explosions. The other two are Isolation and Suppression. When product can not be released safely into the environment, a process vessel is located within 3 meters of building perimeter, or when an explosion can not be vented in a safe area a Suppression system is required. When there is the possibility that a fireball could spread to other buildings or process vessels though interconnecting pipework, an Isolation system is required.
Combustible Dust NFPA Standard
NFPA 654, Standard for the Prevention of Fire and Dust Explosions from the Manufacturing, Processing, and Handling of Combustible Particulate Solids, contains comprehensive guidance on the control of dusts to prevent explosions. The following are some of its recommendations:
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