Dust Explosion Prevention and Protection: A Practical Guide


  • Katherine Barton, C Chem, FRSC, Institution of Chemical Engineers, United Kingdom

Originally published in three volumes by the Institution of Chemical Engineers from 1985 to 1988, this guide formed the first authoritative and comprehensive guide for dust explosion prevention and protection for engineers, scientists, safety specialists, and managers. This guide is a compilation of current best practices for measures to prevent dust explosions from occurring, and, if they do occur, to protect the plant and personnel from their destructive effects by applying the techniques of explosion containment, explosion suppression, and explosion venting.Included is new material on the containment and venting of dust explosions. This guide helps those responsible for the design, supply, and operation of process plants to comply with the provisions of health and safety legislation. Dust explosions can occur anywhere where combustible powders are handled, such as coal, wood, flour, starch, sugar, rubber, plastics, some metals, and pharmaceuticals.
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Design, production, maintenance and safety engineers in the process industries, consultants and students studying process engineering.


Book information

  • Published: March 2002
  • ISBN: 978-0-7506-7519-2


...brings together the latest research results and recommendations for safe practice in the handling of explosible dusts and will undoubtedly become the new bible for practitioners, both equipment manufacturers and users, in this field. -Richard Roberts, tce-July 2002 The strength of the guide comes in its use of logic diagrams to help the reader identify the relevant aspects for particular situations. -Richard Roberts, tce-July 2002 ...the authors are to be congratulated on maintaining the ICHemE tradition of producing guidance in an easily readable and practical form. For anyone involved with dust explosion prevention and protection, whether new to the topic or existing practitioners, this book is a must. -Richard Roberts, tce-July 2002

Table of Contents

Background to Dust Explosions; Determination of Dust Fire and Explosion Characteristics; Control of Ignition; Inerting; Explosion Containment; Explosion Suppression; Explosion Venting; Explosion Venting of Linked Vessels; Explosion Venting--Supplementary Design Considerations; Explosion Venting--Special Dust Cloud Conditions; Explosion Venting--Design of Vent Closures; Explosion Venting--Safe Discharge Area; Explosion Venting in Industrial Plant; Equipment Separation and Isolation; Appendices