The Fire Protection Research Foundation's recent Dust Explosion Hazard and Control Symposium held October 20-21, 2010 in Kansas City, MO was a large success. In attendance were 167 individuals representing a wide variety of industry professionals. Highlights included a keynote presentation from Imperial Sugar and a multi-industry panel presenting their latest best practices.
The attendees were also given a chance to write down questions that they would have liked the multi-industry panel to address. Although there was not enough time for the panel to discuss these questions at the symposium, some of them are provided below:
- Are there sometimes conditions considered “too turbulent” to allow a dust explosion to propagate?
- Is the wetting down of fugitive dust accumulations considered to be an effective strategy for solidifying the dust back into “chunk” form?
- Should electronic devices such as cell phones and key FOB’s be allowed in areas that might have dust?
- Would there ever be a situation where explosion deflagration venting and explosion suppression would be appropriate for the same piece of equipment (other than isolation)?
- What are some design strategies for an existing plant that switches processes which double the Kst of its dust from 100 to 200?
- What are the 4 criteria necessary to issue a general duty OSHA violation?
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