Investigation and repair of an auxiliary boiler explosion


  • Gerald D. Davis

    1. Triad Chemical Company, Donaldsonville, Louisiana 70346
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    • Gerald D. Davis, Senior Process Engineer at Triad Chemical, is presently involved in energy efficiency and cost reduction engineering. He earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Mississippi State University and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Louisiana.


On August 1, 1985, an accident occurred at Triad Chemical damaging portions of the primary reformer. The accident was caused by ignition of natural gas pockets which entered the system during attempts to light an auxiliary boiler burner.

The article reviews the cause of the accident, the resulting damage, the required repair, and the modifications made to prevent a recurrence.