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Dust Explosion Prevention and Protection: A Practical Guide - 1st Edition - ISBN: 9780750675192, 9780080504797

Dust Explosion Prevention and Protection: A Practical Guide

1st Edition

Author: John Barton
eBook ISBN: 9780080504797
Hardcover ISBN: 9780750675192
Imprint: Gulf Professional Publishing
Published Date: 6th March 2002
Page Count: 300
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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.

Key Features

  • Three classic volumes combined into one handy guide
  • Contains all of the best practices for preventing dust explosionsIncludes in-depth material that outlines how to protect the plant and its resources from explosions


Design, production, maintenance and safety engineers in the process industries, consultants and students studying process engineering

Table of Contents

Background to Dust Explosions
Determination of Dust Fire and Explosion Characteristics
Control of Ignition
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


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About the Author

John Barton

After more than 25 years of experience with the UK Health and Safety Executive where he served as a factory inspector, then Deputy Director of HSE's Explosion and Flame Laboratory, John Barton is currently a consultant on fire and explosion topics.

Affiliations and Expertise

Institution of Chemical Engineers, United Kingdom


"...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. The strength of the guide comes in its use of logic diagrams to help the reader identify the relevant aspects for particular situations. ...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

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