Explosion protection systems are used in protecting hazardous environments, such as chemical and refining plants, bulk solids handling facilities, and pharmaceutical manufacturing. This is critical because a static spark in an enclosed space, with build up of 1/32 of an inch of volatile dust that covers just 5% of the surface area of a room, once dispersed into the air, can cause a dust explosion, leading to damage to facilities and equipment, financial loss, injuries, and even death. A recent example is the Didion Milling facility explosion, which was extensively investigated by the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB).
Dust explosions can occur during the conveying, processing, pulverizing, and storage of a wide range of solid materials, such as aluminum, cellulose, corn, flour, grain, and many other finely powdered solid materials.
Another study conducted by the CSB found that between 1980 and 2005 there have been at least 281 combustible dust fires and explosions, which have taken 119 lives, injured 718, and caused untold financial losses. Leading insurance firms estimate the direct costs of an explosion typically exceed one million dollars, with many unprotected explosions leveling plants, or even completely bankrupting businesses.
All of Flagship Fire’s explosion protection systems are built and installed by our expert technicians in strict accordance with ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) and ISO (International Standards Organization) procedures to ensure the ideal system for your needs.
Explosion protection methods
Explosion accidents kill hundreds of people and cause billions of dollars in damages each year around the world, but they can be controlled with an explosion suppression system, reducing the likelihood of serious injuries or death, as well as the damage to facilities and equipment.
With over a decade of experience designing, building, and installing explosion protection systems, we can help you mitigate the risk of explosions in a wide variety of environments. Our team has a deep knowledge of the processes, current code compliance, and technical specifications necessary to protect your facility, equipment, and personnel.
Explosion detection devices recognize critical warning signs and make make the decision on when to activate explosion isolation and/or explosion suppression systems, which can help to prevent an explosion from damaging your equipment and facility, and injuring or killing personnel.
Explosion suppression systems are expertly designed to immediately identify, and then chemically suppress an explosion before it can cause a disaster, helping to reduce damage, injuries, and deaths.
Explosion isolation systems work to stop the spread of flame from one location to another through the use of fast‐acting explosion isolation valves and/or chemical barriers. These type of systems are particularly well suited to to work in support of explosion venting systems.
This method instantly discharges an explosion suppressant agent into the duct work to suppress the flame, preventing it from expanding and reaching other, areas, equipment, or personnel.
This method achieves the same goal by initiating the release of a high speed knife valve, which forms a protective mechanical barrier within the pipeline.
Explosion venting systems provide over‐pressure protection from dangerous industrial explosion hazards by creating a planned pathway for the expanding gases from an explosion to safely escape. These systems are economical to install, and offer fast, reliable operation in an explosion situation. They are typically used in conjunction with explosion isolation and suppression systems.