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Dust explosion quantitative risk management for nontraditional dusts


Hossain, MN and Amyotte, PR and Khan, FI and Abuswer, MA and Skjold, T and Morrison, LS, Dust explosion quantitative risk management for nontraditional dusts, Chemical Engineering Transactions, 2-5 June 2013, Milan, Italy, pp. 115-120. ISBN 978-88-95608-22-8 (2013) [Refereed Conference Paper]


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DOI: doi:10.3303/CET1331020


The current paper describes an approach for dust explosion quantitative risk management of the following nontraditional particulate fuel systems: (i) nanomaterials having particles with dimensions between 1 and 100 nm, (ii) flocculent (fibrous) materials characterized by a length-to-diameter ratio rather than a particle diameter, and (iii) hybrid mixtures consisting of a combustible dust and a flammable gas (or a combustible dust wetted with a flammable solvent). Experimental results are considered as input to a quantitative risk management framework so as to provide a comprehensive procedure to analyze, assess and control the likelihood and consequences of explosions of nontraditional dusts. Using concepts drawn from previous studies, the framework consists of three main components: (i) a new combined safety management protocol, (ii) use of the CFD (computational fluid dynamics) software DESC (Dust Explosion Simulation Code) and FTA (Fault Tree Analysis) to determine explosion consequences and likelihood, respectively, and (iii) application of the hierarchy of controls (inherent, engineered and procedural safety) to achieve residual risk reduction.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Conference Paper
Keywords:application programs, computational fluid dynamics, dust, fault tree analysis, flammable materials, risk management, CFD (computational fluid dynamics), combustible dust, flammable solvents, hybrid mixtures, length to diameter ratio, simulation code
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:120786
Year Published:2013
Web of Science® Times Cited:3
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2017-08-30
Last Modified:2017-10-17
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