Industrial Explosion Guide to ComDust Prevention

Posted by Bill Esler | Posted: 12/04/2013 9:17AM


A guide to industrial explosion protection includes scientific basics, case studies of combustible dust explosions, and prevention measures. The 44-page publication from Rembe also carries a glossary of combustible dust terms, and details the explosion of a wood chip furnace, as well as other inudstry operations with aspects of safety that have parallels to sawdust collection and handling in wood products manufacturing .

Rembe combustible dust wood chip furnaceRembe details a combustible dust wood chip furnace explosion that happened during a system cleaning cycle. The wood chip furnace case study details an explosion that occurred during a cleaning cycle. The operator was hand feeding wood waste to the furnace when glowing embers in the virtually empty furnace caused a large dust/air cloud to form. Lacking an isolation chamber, a dust explosion shot into the room.

Several other other case studies of explosions in industries handling combustible material are detailed, along with mitigation practices implemented afterward. Detailed are a flour packing station in a flour mill; magnesium powder mixing plants; dust extraction from a rubber grinding machine; coal dust extraction; welding on a starch silo; a flash dryer for a case making plant using ABS powder, among others.


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Bill Esler, Woodworking Network, WMS

Bill Esler

Bill Esler, Editorial Director, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for overall content at Woodworking Network magazine, and related newsletters. Bill also manages event programs for Woodworking Network Live conferences at the Woodworking Machinery & Supplies Expo in Toronto and Cabinets & Closets Expo. He developing audience engagement programs using custom digital printing, live lead-generating events, custom websites, and custom digital and print content. Read Bill Esler's woodworking blogs. He can be reached at or follow him on Google+.

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