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Beware Of Smoke From Fire!

Beware of smoke from fire!

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Whether white (rich in aerosols or water vapour), grey (a mixture of aerosols and solid particles) or black (large solid particles), the smoke released from fires presents several risks. Beyond death from intoxication, fumes are a potential health hazard owing[...]
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50913

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  • FRANCE
The summary of this accident has not yet been translated. In the meantime, please refer to the French summary : En début de matinée lors d'une tempête, le mât d'une éolienne de 60 m de haut se brise en 2.[...]
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Seal/Gasket Accident Study

Seal/Gasket accident study

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In early March 2017, the ARIA database identified 349 events involving fittings and seals/gaskets. These elements are often encountered on pipe flanges and are also essential sealing components for valves or other equipment. Insufficiently tightened flange bolts and deficient leak[...]
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Biogas And Corrosion

Biogas and corrosion

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Numerous forms of corrosion have been found on steel equipment used in the manufacture or transport of biogas. Three corrosion degradation modes are presented here based on events that occurred in France. It seems that corrosion should be taken into[...]
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Ageing And Management Of Spare Parts: A Major Challenge

Ageing and management of spare parts: a major challenge

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The accident can quickly occur when the repair of an ageing equipment is not conducted in a timely manner! Often involved: an improper management of replacement parts, which are not available in due course. Patch-up jobs, consisting in reallocating pieces[...]
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Leakage of ethylene under pressure in a petrochemical complex

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  • FRANCE
Damaged compressor : dual-stage compressor compressing ethylene from 3 to 33 bar. It operates alternately with the main compressor. On the day of the accident, it had been in operation for 43 days since its last maintenance five months prior. It was[...]
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Seal Boxes : Not To Be Mistaken As A Cure For Ageing

Seal boxes : not to be mistaken as a cure for ageing

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Commonly used to plug leaks on pipelines, seal boxes serve stop discharge flows without entirely shutting down production. Despite this advantage, several accidents have shown that this type of remedial action is not sustainable and moreover necessitates regular monitoring during[...]
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