Evaluate Thermal Risk and Streamline Safety Analysis
The chemical and pharmaceutical industries often use complex processes in which large amounts of energy can be released. Process development assesses the potential risks related to scale-up and manufacturing. Understanding these risks is a critical prerequisite for the safe manufacturing of chemical and pharmaceutical products.
iC Safety is an intuitive application that utilizes experimental data from EasyMax, OptiMax, and RC1 reaction calorimeters, along with other calorimetric techniques. It is designed to speed up and simplify the calculation of thermal safety values associated with chemical reactions. A better understanding of thermal risks helps engineers estimate potential hazards more easily to develop safe processes faster.
Process Understanding to Reduce the Risk of Runaway Reactions
Accidents in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry can result in serious damage to people, the environment, and a company's reputation. It is important to identify and reduce potential risks before they occur. One way to do this is by using a reaction calorimeter to gather relevant data and calculate safety parameters.
iCSafety is a tool that can be used by both beginners and experts to assess the thermal risks of a chemical reaction and convert experimental data into actionable safety information. With iCSafety, chemists and chemical engineers can quickly and efficiently understand and reduce the hazards of a chemical process.
Inherently Safer Processes
The safety runaway graph describes both the desired and undesired reaction in the event of a cooling failure. It factors in the most important safety information, is easy to interpret, and provides the basis for a full safety assessment. The safety runaway graph represents a quick check of the nature of thermal risks linked to a given process.
An in-depth understanding of the exothermicity of a chemical reaction is essential to make adjustments to the process. iC Safety presents the thermal risk, such as thermal accumulation, ΔTadiabatic, or MTSR in a concise and understandable format, enabling the appropriate conclusions to be made and the necessary measures to be taken.
The criticality graph in iC Safety is a visual representation of the most crucial temperatures of a process. It classifies the process based on four characteristic temperatures. The resulting criticality class is one of the bases from which the engineer can estimate the hazardous potential and define adequate measures to make the process safer.
iC Safety FAQs
What does iC Safety software do?
iC Safety is a crucial tool for evaluating the thermal risk of a chemical reaction at an industrial scale. Designed for use by both non-expert and expert users, iC Safety summarizes key information in an easy-to-understand graphical and tabular format while providing access to detailed safety data needed by expert users.
iC Safety uses well-established algorithms and procedures to automatically convert reaction calorimetry data into safety information. The basic iC Safety information can be complemented with experimental data from other calorimetric measurements, such as differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), adiabatic calorimetry, or properties of the reaction mixture can complement basic iC Safety information to increase its significance.
How does iC Safety software work?
Following the basic evaluation of experimental data and reaction chemistry, iC Safety calculates the relevant safety parameters for the desired reaction. The results are presented conveniently in a table and the Safety Runaway Graph is created. The TD24 assistant helps the user to integrate data from either differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), accelerating rate calorimeter (ARC), or other calorimetric techniques describing a potential secondary reaction that may occur in case of a cooling failure. In the event of multiple evaluations, all data sets are captured in a convenient table to allow a simple comparison of the result sets.
What are the computer requirements to run iC Safety?
Do I need iControl in order to use iC Safety?
Yes, iC Safety is a module within the iControl PC software. You must have a licensed copy of iControl and an HFCal-enabled reactor system in order to unlock the extra capabilities provided by iC Safety.
Can I run a process in large scale based on the information obtained by iCSafety?
No. Designing and introducing a chemical process can be a challenging task due to various factors, including thermal risk caused by desired and potentially undesired reactions. Other considerations include stirring, mixing, speed of addition, viscosity changes, potential crystallization or precipitation, heat transfer, and foaming.