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Application of inherent safety principles to dust explosion prevention and mitigation


Amyotte, PR and Pegg, MJ and Khan, FI, Application of inherent safety principles to dust explosion prevention and mitigation, Process Safety and Environmental Protection, 87, (1) pp. 35-39. ISSN 0957-5820 (2009) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1016/j.psep.2008.06.007


The aim of the current work is to explicitly link the inherent safety principles of minimization, substitution, moderation and simplification with strategies for dust explosion prevention and mitigation. A brief review of inherent safety and its basic principles is first given. This is followed by a discussion of various ways in which the dust explosion hazard can be minimized, substituted, moderated and simplified. Particular attention is paid to the relationship between each inherent safety principle and (i) various dust explosibility parameters, (ii) alternate methods of processing, (iii) selection of process equipment, and (iv) development and implementation of safe-work procedures. Original research results are presented, along with industrial case studies and previously published results that have been reinterpreted in terms of inherent safety and its basic principles. It is anticipated that this research will be of value to industry as a complement to the relatively well-established suite of engineered and procedural dust explosion risk reduction measures. © 2008 The Institution of Chemical Engineers.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:Dust explosion mitigation; Dust explosion prevention; Inherent safety; Dust; Explosives; Risk assessment; Alternate methods; Basic principles; Dust explosion mitigation; Dust explosion prevention; Dust explosions; Explosibility; Inherent safety
Research Division:Engineering
Research Group:Maritime engineering
Research Field:Ocean engineering
Objective Division:Mineral Resources (Excl. Energy Resources)
Objective Group:Environmentally sustainable mineral resource activities
Objective Field:Environmentally sustainable mineral resource activities not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Khan, FI (Professor Faisal Khan)
ID Code:94416
Year Published:2009
Web of Science® Times Cited:113
Deposited By:NC Maritime Engineering and Hydrodynamics
Deposited On:2014-09-09
Last Modified:2014-10-20

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