January 31, 2020

Deflagration ExplosionWhile you can take measures to prevent explosions at your facility, the fact remains that you can’t 100% guarantee an explosion will never happen. However, you can add safety features to minimize damage, such as deflagration venting.


Deflagration vents are an explosion protection measure that uses a preplanned escape route to release the pressure and flames generated during an explosion safely. This release prevents a dangerous buildup of pressure within the equipment or building that is being protected. Instead, the pressure and combustion gases get routed to a safe location, minimizing structural and mechanical damage.


Protection for a Range of Equipment and Structures

Engineers utilize deflagration venting to protect many types of industrial equipment, including:

·         Dust Collectors

·         Cyclones

·         Mills

·         Dryers

·         Bucket Elevators

·         Bins


Deflagration vents can also protect a building’s structural integrity during an explosion. When protecting a building, deflagration venting is typically achieved by installing thin metal panels on the exterior walls of the building that represent the weakest point of the structure.


If there is an explosion, the vents should be the only part of the structure to fail, protecting the rest of the building from damage. The vents are precisely designed to burst at a given opening pressure to maintain the building’s structural integrity. Learn more about this explosion protection measure and its potential applications by talking to an experienced engineer.

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