Larry Britton completed his BS degree with 1st class honors (1974) and PhD (1977) in Fuel and Combustion Science at Leeds University, England. He spent four years as a Research Fellow in Applied Electrostatics in the Electrical Engineering Department of Southampton University. He is currently a Project Scientist in the Safety Research Laboratory at Union Carbide's South Charleston Technical Center, specializing in process fire and explosion hazards research. He is a member of AIChE, the Institute of Energy, the Combustion Institute, and is a Chartered Engineer (UK). He serves on the “Static Electricity” and “Explosion Protection Systems” committees of the NFPA.
Thermal stability of ethylene at elevated pressures
Version of Record online: 17 JUN 2004
Copyright © 1986 American Institute of Chemical Engineers
Volume 5, Issue 4, pages 238–251, October 1986
How to Cite
Britton, L. G., Taylor, D. A. and Wobser, D. C. (1986), Thermal stability of ethylene at elevated pressures. Plant/Oper. Prog., 5: 238–251. doi: 10.1002/prsb.720050412
- Issue online: 17 JUN 2004
- Version of Record online: 17 JUN 2004
The initiation causes of ethylene decomposition are discussed and models presented to help anticipate and prevent decomposition. Thermal runaway, catalysis, influence of gas contaminants, adsorption heating, compression ignition and direct ignition are addressed. The effects of decomposition are described in terms of pressure and propagation.