Dust and hybrid explosibility in a 1 m3 spherical chamber



The dust explosibility characteristics of Lycopodium, Cornstarch, Pittsburgh Bituminous Coal and Calcium Sterate were measured in a 1 m3 spherical explosion chamber at ambient pressures, ambient temperatures and at three different turbulence levels. Explosibility parameters measured were the maximum pressure, maximum pressure rate of rise and the initial pressure rate of rise. Propane explosibility and Hybrid explosibility (Cornstarch in the presence of propane) were also measured. For the hybrid system, the lower limits of explosibility and the effect of low propane concentrations on the explosibility of optimum Cornstarch concentrations were investigated. Finally, a relationship between maximum pressure rate of rise and initial pressure rate of rise was sought in order to lay a foundation for explosion suppression and explosion venting engineering methodologies.