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  • ioKinetic Spring 2021 Newsletter

    Spring 2021 Newsletter

    Explosions can occur in vessels or enclosures containing flammable gases and/or dusts. Explosion venting, often referred to as deflagration venting (because we cannot practically vent detonations), is used to protect from catastrophic vessel/enclosure fai Read more
  • Fall 2018 Newsletter

    Fall 2018 Newsletter

    Massive conveyor belt fire damages New Zealand fertilizer plant. A Christchurch fertilizer factory ravaged by fire is expected to cost “many millions” of dollars to repair, a company spokesman says. Explosions were heard and thick plumes of black smoke were seen across... Read more
  • Summer 2018 Newsletter

    Summer 2018 Newsletter

    A dust explosion in a wood chip silo on Sunday caused a fire that damaged several structures at the Borg Manufacturing particleboard plant in Australia, reports from several local news organizations said. Over 30 firefighters responded to the incident... Read more
  • Spring 2018 Newsletter

    Spring 2018 Newsletter

    Making Sense of Combustible Dust Hazard Analysis. Process hazard analyses (PHAs) have been conducted for decades in many industries. First conceived at ICI in the 1960s (Kletz, 2009), they have been refined and adapted for various applications, now finding their way into... Read more
  • Summer 2017 Newsletter

    Summer 2017 Newsletter

    Defining Dust Hazard Areas Can Help Streamline DHAs. Introduction: NFPA 654 provides clarification on how to determine if a flash fire or explosion hazard exists. As part of the facility and systems design section, it is now required that a hazard assessment be conducted... Read more
  • Spring 2017 Newsletter

    Spring 2017 Newsletter

    Reactive chemicals are materials capable of giving rise to an uncontrolled chemical reaction (a.k.a., a runaway reaction). Reactions with a significant release of heat, gas and/or toxic materials have the potential to cause harm to people, property or the environment… Read more