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Right-Sizing Explosion Protection through Dust Testing

Article-Right-Sizing Explosion Protection through Dust Testing

Martin Clouthier, MSc., PEng., director, Jensen Hughes
Martin Clouthier, MSc., PEng., director, Jensen Hughes

On Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 2pm Eastern/11am Pacific, Martin Clouthier, MSc., PEng., director, Jensen Hughes, will present “Right-Sizing Explosion Protection through Dust Testing” as part of Powder & Bulk Solids’ free DryPro webinar series.
“Isn’t the literature value close enough?” “We already tested this 10 years ago.” While some information may be available characterizing a dust’s hazard characteristics, a small investment in appropriately understanding specific properties of your facility’s dusts can result in substantial savings in explosion protection equipment and maintenance. This session will review the science behind many common dust tests, and specifically how using the cubic meter chamber in lieu of the standard 20L vessel can justify elimination or reduction of explosion protection equipment in certain situations.
Clouthier specializes in risk assessment of potentially severe accidents, including fires, dust and gas explosions, and dispersion of toxic release. His career spans more than 22 years and has been focused on loss prevention in the process industries. He has conducted hundreds of formal assessments aimed at identifying, quantifying, and reducing the risk of major accidents at industrial facilities internationally.
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