Dust Electrical Safety in Chemical-Processing Facilities

  • Richard J. Buschart


In less than one week in December 1977, two grain elevators in modern grain export terminals exploded, killing 54 people and causing estimated direct losses of more than $50 million. In a recent situation, an operator died after inserting a trouble light inside a plastic feed tank, causing a plastic dust cloud ignition. Such dust explosions and fires occur with regular frequency in the grain and other industries as well as in chemical-processing facilities.


Ignition Temperature Dust Cloud Dust Layer Ignition Energy Dust Explosion 


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© Van Nostrand Reinhold 1991

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