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Investigating a Serious Runaway Reaction Incident using Reaction Calorimetry

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Exothermic, autocatalytic reactions pose a serious risk of runaway and are complex to quantify.

A serious runaway reaction incident occurred in a pilot plant reactor leading to overpressurisation and ignition of the released contents. The damage to the whole manufacturing facility was significant.

Investigation of the incident required the extensive use of reaction calorimetry in characterizing the process, identifying the cause and specifying conditions for future safe manufacture.

Dr. Stephen Rowe, DEKRA Organisational and Process Safety UK
30 minutes

Key learning objectives:

  • The criticality of robust scale-up assessment of thermal hazards.
  • Use of ideal calorimetric methods to collect essential process safety data.
  • Complexity of quantifying autocatalytic reactions.
  • Disproving the myth that a patented process is a safe process.

Target audience:

  • All H&S personnel
  • Process Safety Specialists
  • Scientists in Process R&D
  • Pilot plant operators and managers
  • Laboratory managers

Dr Stephen Rowe DEKRA Organisational and Process Safety UK