Explosion Protection Systems
WES-CO Industries helps businesses mitigate the risk of industrial process explosions. Effective management of explosion risks requires a complex understanding of not only dust and vapor characteristics, but core industry processes, relevant code compliance, economic concerns and your specific ongoing business goals.
We have engineered and installed Explosion Protection Systems that are designed to address the numerous possibilities related to industrial process explosions. We conduct a dust hazard analysis (DHA), as required by National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA), prior to designing any dust collection systems to ensure all NFPA codes for fire protection are met.
Explosion Protection Systems can include any combination of the following systems and components:
Explosion Detection systems are designed to recognize possible danger signs and activate explosion isolation and/or explosion suppression systems, effectively preventing an explosion from damaging your equipment and facility.
Explosion Isolation systems prevent the propagation or spread of flame from one part of the process to another through the use of explosion isolation valves and barriers.
Explosion venting is one of the most common and effective forms of explosion prevention and protection. Proper venting dissipates pressure and protects against potential industrial explosion hazards by providing planned pathways for expanding gases to escape.
Suppression systems are designed to detect, damper and chemically suppress an explosion in its earliest stages-before an explosion can cause greater damage or danger.
Preventing Explosions of Combustible Dust
Industries that handle combustible dusts or gases are always at risk of an explosion. The amount of heat and high pressure that is generated during an explosion can cause disastrous damage, injury to personnel, damage to process equipment and loss of production.
Combustible dust is any fine material that has the ability to catch fire and explode when mixed with air. Combustible dusts can be from:
- most solid organic materials (such as sugar, flour, grain, wood)
- many metals
- some nonmetallic inorganic materials
Some of these materials are not normally combustible on their own, but they can burn or explode if the particles are the right size and in the right concentration.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in the United States defines combustible dust as "a solid material composed of distinct particles or pieces, regardless of size, shape, or chemical composition, which presents a fire or deflagration hazard when suspended in air or some other oxidizing medium over a range of concentrations".
View this list of products and materials in dust form that have potential to combust.