Every year, hundreds of equipment items are damaged in an explosion. These events are often described in familiar terms:
• A flammable vapor, air and an ignition source generate pressure,
• Which ruptures piping/buildings/equipment (like these column trays),
• Leading to property damage, downtime, lost business and, in some cases, serious injury or death to personnel in the immediate area.
There are many ways to prevent explosions – this message will BRIEFLY discuss one : How much flammable material is needed to generate an explosion? The short answer is – in most cases, LESS THAN YOU MIGHT THINK!
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