How to approach combustible dust scenarios when you don't have data

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I suspect that the process material for the application I’m working on is a combustible dust but my client has no data and is not willing to pay for testing. This is a scenario most powder handling integrators run into at some point. So what’s next?  

A couple steps can help smooth this process over and enable you to appropriately address the combustible dust hazard.


November 30, 2017

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November 1, 2017

Vent Size Verification

Vent Size Verification for the XP Drum Kit

The XP Drum Kit is an innovative alternative to traditional rotary valves for providing a means of explosion isolation. The drum kit acts as a strengthened extension of the dust collector. It is designed to withstand the reduced pressure (Pred) that develops during a properly vented deflagration. As long as the explosion relief vent is sized properly and can accommodate the added volume of the drum kit, no modifications are required to the vent panel or isolation device on the inlet ducting.

Each drum kit adds roughly 8.7 ft3 (~0.25 m3) of additional volume to the dirty side of the collector. Though this additional volume is relatively small, it must be accounted for to ensure the entire explosion mitigation system to function as intended.

To illustrate the effect of this additional volume, consider a dust collector with a dirty side volume of 5 m3 and is rated to handle a reduced pressure (Pred) of 0.3 bar (~4.5 psi). The collector is servicing an operation that creates a very fine poly ethylene dust that has a KSt of 150 bar-m/s and a Pmax of 9 bar.

Per NFPA 68, Standard on Explosion Protection by Deflagration Venting, the minimum vent area required for this collector is 3.1 ft2. Let's assume that the collector is equipped with an 18" x 36" explosion relief panel that has a static burst pressure of 0.1 bar (~1.5 psi). This provides a vent area of 4.5 ft2 which is sufficient for handling combustible dusts with a KSt of 215 or lower.

The upper KSt limit is important to know because as we add the volume from the drum kit, the rating decreases. For example, if a XP Drum Kit is installed on this unit, the total volume increases to 5.25 m3. With the added volume, the upper KSt limit for this collector is now 207 bar-m/s.

For this application, the addition of the XP Drum Kit will work with no required modifications to the existing explosion mitigation system. This will be the case in many instances as the additional volume has a marginal impact on the upper limit of the KSt. However, it is important to factor in this volume when choosing the XP Drum Kit to ensure the existing or planned explosion relief device functions as intended.

XP Products can assist with the validation of explosion relief vent sizing. Please feel free to contact us for more information.

October 1, 2017

July Newsletter

Massive Dust Explosion Rocks Wisconsin Plant

CBS NEWS- On June 1st 2017, a Wisconsin Corn Mill exploded at 1:30am. The blast left at least one person dead, and serious burn injuries to five other employees. In 2011 OSHA did cite the Wisconsin Mill for exposing workers to potential dust explosion hazards.

XP Products Can Provide a DHA for your Process

XP Products has performed many DHA's (Dust Hazard Analysis) per NFPA 652 for small and large manufacturing companies that handle combustible dusts. Our engineers are NFPA experts and can help you navigate the complexities of process protection to keep your employees safe.

TESTING SUCCESS- XP Products Safety Drum

Fauske and Associates Located in Burr Ridge IL performed additional testing on the XP Products Drum Kit. Full Testing reports and test data is available upon request.

Dust Safety Equipment Install-Saving Big Dollars!

A Large Consumer Products Company Located in the Chicagoland area made the smart decision to use XP Product Drum Kit in place of rotary airlocks. $85,000 was saved using the Drum Kit in place of rotary airlocks. No motor starters, No moving parts, No special safety guards, No leg extensions.

NFPA, DHA and OSHA- What's New

  1. NFPA 652 revision will extend DHA requirements until 2019
  2. OSHA explores serious safety issues with Rotary Airlocks as Isolation devices
  3. Metal Dusts and NFPA 484. Contact XP Products for explanation of recent updates. 630-464-3800

July 1, 2017

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