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Dust explosions: A threat to the process industries


Yuan, Z and Khakzad, N and Khan, FI and Amyotte, P, Dust explosions: A threat to the process industries, Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 98 pp. 57-71. ISSN 0957-5820 (2015) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.psep.2015.06.008


This paper considers more than 2000 dust explosion accidents that occurred worldwide between 1785 and 2012. The statistical features of these cases are first examined spatially and temporally. Accident frequencies at different levels of economic development are further discussed. China and the United States are chosen as examples to represent the differences in distribution features of dust explosions in countries with different economic development levels. Data for combustible dusts leading to dust explosions in both China and the United States are also collected and categorized. The features of ignition sources for dust explosions, the types of enterprises with high risk, and the critical equipment in such enterprises are also analyzed. The results could help identify hazards of dust explosions in various industries, monitor the critical equipment, and further suggest safety improvement procedures to reduce the probability and damage of dust explosions.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:accidents analysis, data analysis, dust explosion, dust explosion hazards, safety management, statistical features, accident prevention, accidents, data reduction, dust, economic and social effects, hazards, safety engineering, accident frequency
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Engineering practice and education
Research Field:Risk engineering
Objective Division:Law, Politics and Community Services
Objective Group:Work and labour market
Objective Field:Workplace safety
UTAS Author:Khan, FI (Professor Faisal Khan)
ID Code:120674
Year Published:2015
Web of Science® Times Cited:111
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2017-08-30
Last Modified:2017-10-30

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