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Analysis Of Pressure Equipments Related Accidents

Analysis of pressure equipments related accidents

  • Study
Pressure equipments are everywhere in our daily life: fire extinguishers, LPG tanks, compressors, oxygen bottles are just examples. The knowledge of their potential danger, both in operating or in maintenance phase, can limit the consequences of accidents. This study based[...]
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Leakage of ethylene under pressure in a petrochemical complex

  • Accident report
  • 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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Test Of Pressure Equipment

Test of pressure equipment

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Hydraulic, leak or strength tests, internal or external inspections are just some of the operations conducted to verify the reliability of pressure equipment, with the aim of preventing pressure risk. Yet even though these tests appear simple to implement, they[...]
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Natural gas distribution

  • Fact sheet
Natural gas distribution networks are regularly damaged by public works vehicles during road works in the city. This fact sheet shows the main accident scenarios affecting these structures. Significant accidents, in regard of their human and social consequences or their[...]
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Accidental release of phosgene on a chemical platform

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
Around 10:30 pm in the isocyanate unit at a Seveso-classified chemical plant, a sensor detected a rapid conductivity rise in a heat exchanger, in which phosgene (COCl2) pressurised to tens of bar was being reheated with water vapour at 28[...]
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Explosion Of A VOC Recovery Pipeline At A Petrochemical Plant

Explosion of a VOC recovery pipeline at a petrochemical plant

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
At a Seveso-classified petrochemical plant, a pipe supplying air to a steam production boiler exploded at 3:40 pm, triggering a few seconds later a 2nd and more powerful explosion on a duct used to recover volatile organic compounds (VOC). The[...]
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Explosion Of A Formulation Reactor At A Chemical Plant

Explosion of a formulation reactor at a chemical plant

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
An explosion occurred around 1:40 am in a formulation reactor upon completion of camphorsulfonic acid loading into the toluene for the purpose of drying by means of azeotropic distillation. The explosion injured 1 technician due to the direct (blast) effect[...]
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Crushing Of A Butadiene Tank At A Marshalling Yard

Crushing of a butadiene tank at a marshalling yard

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
An empty butadiene tanker car not yet degassed was in transit at a marshalling yard. Due to the ambient cold temperature (-17°C), the gaseous phase of the butadiene liquefied (Tboiling=-4.4°C); cistern pressure was drawn down by an estimated 0.35 bar[...]
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Fires And BLEVE On LPG Tanker Lorries

Fires and BLEVE on LPG tanker lorries

  • Accident report
  • FRANCE
Fire broke out around 11:40 pm on the front bumper of a propane tanker lorry parked near the vehicle repair shop at a company operating as a gas bottle transporter and broker of bulk liquid and liquefied hydrocarbons. This 200-employee[...]
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