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EXPLOSION PROTECTION PRODUCTS

OUR RANGE TO FIT YOUR APPLICATION

WHERES THE RISK?

In the industrial processing industry, the risks of fire are widely known and recognised. However, the risk imposed by dust explosions are not acknowledged as well as they should be and it is for that reason that so many sites are still unprotected against explosions and lives are at risk. When an explosion occurs, it can propagate and spread through neighbouring machinery at an alarming rate, posing a huge threat to surrounding personnel and equipment. All it takes is one spark inside an application, whether it be an ignition source from faulty machinery or something else, and rapidly an explosion can leave behind a path of destruction. 

Our products can limit the risk of dust explosions within a processing area, and mitigate the risks of damage to connecting equipment and surrounding personnel. Contact us today to discuss your industrial explosion protection requirements.

Protecting a variety of processing industries against dust explosions

Distilling & Brewing

Food Processing

Pharmaceutical

Powder Coating

Agriculture

OUR SOLUTIONS.

We offer a variety of explosion protection solutions including explosion venting, explosion isolation, flameless venting and explosion suppression. We are proud to be the UK Partner for RSBP, featuring products such as the FLEX flameless venting device and the HRD rapid acting suppression system that is one of the best available on the market.

When it comes to specifying your explosion protection needs, do not hesitate to get in touch. We provide advice, support and design for all types of industry and applications, so you can rest assured your enquiry is in safe hands. 

OUR RANGE.

The most cost-effective solution. Explosion vents relieve the pressure when an explosion occurs, hence the alternate name Explosion Relief Valves. Venting an explosion is a great way to stop the explosion from growing and becoming a very big problem. 

When it is not possible to vent an explosion into a safe area that is not occupied by personnel or equipment, Flameless Venting is a great alternative. The flameless vent quenches the flames through a membrane meaning all that is seen is a puff of smoke.

When an explosion occurs inside a vessel, it is likely to propagate into other areas of the process through ductwork and piping. This can be prevented by using explosion isolation, as the equipment acts as a barrier to stop the explosion in its tracks.

Arguably the most effective way to stop an explosion is to suppress it instantly. Using the most up-to-date technology in the industry, our explosion suppression systems can detect a spark and release suppressants as a fast acting safety system.

EXPLOSION PROTECTION DESIGN.

INDOOR DESIGN EXAMPLE 1.

In this visualisation of explosion protection design for a dust filtration unit, we can see a FLEX flameless venting device partnered with a B-FLAP explosion isolation flap valve. This partnership can be used indoors where personnel and surrounding equipment are present as the explosion will be completely contained given the protection devices are designed accordingly with the applications parameters in mind.

The explosion starts and the initial pressure wave blasts open the VMP explosion venting device that is housed within the FLEX unit. The FLEX flame quenching membrane stops flames and harsh fumes from exiting the housing – all that can be seen from the outside of the application is a puff of smoke. As the explosion intends to propagate through the ductwork to connecting applications and processes, the B-FLAP valve is also triggered by the initial pressure wave of the explosion, causing it to slam shut into place and blocking propagation of the explosion. 

After the explosion is finished, a quick inspection of the B-FLAP is needed to ensure it is safe to return to operation, and the VMP explosion vent panel inside the FLEX must be replaced. That is why we always recommend spare panels are kept on site for easy reinstatement so the process can get back to work as quickly as possible after an initiation.

INDOOR DESIGN EXAMPLE 2.

In this visualisation of explosion protection design for a dust filtration unit, we can see two B-FLAP explosion isolation flap valves used, paired with a FLEX flameless venting device. This partnership can be used indoors where personnel and surrounding equipment are present as the explosion will be completely contained given the protection devices are designed accordingly with the applications parameters in mind.

The explosion starts and the initial pressure wave blasts open the VMP explosion venting device that is housed within the FLEX unit. The FLEX flame quenching membrane stops flames and harsh fumes from exiting the housing – all that can be seen from the outside of the application is a puff of smoke. As the explosion intends to propagate through the ductwork to connecting applications and processes, the B-FLAP valve is also triggered by the initial pressure wave of the explosion, causing the inside flap mechanism to slam shut into place, blocking propagation of the explosion. 

Thanks to the new B-FLAP design, you can see installation of the B-FLAP is acheived on a variety of bends and obstructions. The B-FLAP isolation valve to the right of the application is also installed vertically, making for even more flexibility when it comes to the design parameters of any application. 

OUTDOOR DESIGN EXAMPLE.

In this visualisation of explosion protection design for a dust filtration unit, we can see one B-FLAP explosion isolation flap valves used on a pull flow configuration, with HRD Suppression and a VMP explosion vent panel. This application is not recommended for use indoors where personnel and surrounding equipment are present, as the VMP explosion vent does not include a FLEX flameless venting device

The explosion starts and the initial pressure wave blasts open the VMP explosion venting device, relieving the pressure of the explosion before the vessel is harmed due to accurate design parameters that enable the VMP panel to burst at a pressure that is below the vessel pressure resistance, thus ensuring the vessel itself does not suffer any damage.

As the explosion intends to propagate through the ductwork to connecting applications and processes, the B-FLAP valve is also triggered by the initial pressure wave of the explosion, causing the inside flap mechanism to slam shut into place, blocking propagation of the explosion. Thanks to the new B-FLAP design, you can see installation of the B-FLAP is achieved on a variety of bends and obstructions, also available for use in push and pull flow applications.

Finally, to the left of the vessel we see HRD Suppression System installed to the connecting ductwork. As an ignition is detected, the suppressants are discharged from the HRD bottles at a rapid rate, extinguishing the flames before they can pass through to connecting processes. The result, is a complete protection design, successfully isolating, controlling and extinguishing an explosion and preventing damages to equipment and injury to personnel.

CONTACT US

We are waiting to discuss your explosion safety requirements, so don’t hesitate to get in touch. Whether you would like to receive a quotation or you are just looking for more information, we are here to help.

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