Jupiter, FL (PRWEB) January 5, 2009
Standardized test protocols alone do not offer the necessary perspective to define dust explosion risk. There are variances in the conditions surrounding the tests and the environment from which the samples were drawn that are not traditionally considered when interpreting the results. CV Technology consultants compliment the test data by specifying the testing protocols and coordinating with laboratories to make sure that a true picture of the dust risk is obtained. The results are then adapted into a comprehensive dust explosion protection and mitigation solution.
Bill Stevenson, Vice President of Engineering for CV Technology, international leader in explosion consulting and mitigation, points out, "A proper risk analysis not only identifies and minimizes the conditions that foster explosion, but in most cases a well formed mitigation strategy can prevent fatal injury if an explosion were to occur."
Test labs are not expected to know the conditions in the plant, nor should the lab make decisions on the test with only an eye toward establishing a worst-case result. The place to seek help is with a qualified and complete risk analysis.
Standard ASTM E 1226 (Standard Test Method for Pressure and Rate of Pressure Rise for Combustible Dusts) and 2019 (Standard Test Method for Minimum Ignition Energy of a Dust Cloud in Air) tests can only give half the story. Their main purpose is to determine whether or not the dust being handled is explosible. "While preconditioned tests provide valuable insight", adds Stevenson, "relying solely on published data can lead to false conclusions resulting in over sizing and otherwise wasting money on unnecessary and/or insufficient explosion protection schemes."
Bill Stevenson has written a full article on this topic; "Testing Essential to Establish Risk For Dust Explosion" and is available on the CV Technology corporate website: http://www.cvtechnology.com.
CV Technology provides strategic consulting to examine the needs of each client and assess the risk of dust explosion. In addition, CV Technology manufactures products that are designed to prevent or mitigate dust explosions. Isolation Valves, Rupture Discs and Panels, and Flameless Vents are custom tailored to minimize (and in some cases prevent) any damage or other interruptions to the process if an explosion were to happen
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