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Rapid identification of reactivity hazards in a multiuse facility†
Version of Record online: 3 JAN 2006
Copyright © 2006 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE)
Process Safety Progress
Volume 25, Issue 2, pages 108–115, June 2006
How to Cite
Leggett, D. J. (2006), Rapid identification of reactivity hazards in a multiuse facility. Proc. Safety Prog., 25: 108–115. doi: 10.1002/prs.10119
- Issue online: 4 MAY 2006
- Version of Record online: 3 JAN 2006
Multiuse pilot-scale plants often run production campaigns in parallel, requiring frequent changes in the chemistry from campaign to campaign and modified procedures to match the new production needs within a short time span. Facilities must also match clients' product chemistry and process demands with their equipment capabilities.
These campaigns may occur several times a year with considerable overlap of projects. Several basic but important questions arise for the facility manager. For example, how do the facilities' personnel
pay adequate attention to all of the safety issues associated with the chemical reactivity?
ensure that a facility's equipment and the new process chemistry fit together safely, especially with respect to chemical reactivity?
verify emergency relief and vent sizing, estimate cooling duty needs, and implement the necessary process safety changes?
This paper introduces a new approach and procedure that assists plant personnel to assess the process and identify the potential hazards. The procedure also recommends a methodology to evaluate the nature and extent of the hazard. © 2006 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Process Saf Prog, 2006