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

Bill Esler

Bill Esler, Associate Publisher/ Editor in Chief, Woodworking Network Bill is responsible for editing Custom Woodworking Business and coordinating content for Wood Products , CLOSETS ,, and related newsletters. Bill’s expertise includes using innovative print manufacturing techniques to grow audience engagement, digital printing, purls, QR codes; and lead-generating webcasts, 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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