Safe Storage of Bulk Materials in Silos
29 December 2013
The storage of bulk materials (be they chemical, food, mineral or biomass) in silos is a fairly commonplace event in many industry sectors.
However, for some types of material a combination of bulk particulate characteristics, ‘standard’ design of storage equipment and poor operational practice can combine to create significant hazards.
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When these factors come together a significant risk to the safe operation of the silo can develop – which can have the potential to lead to structural implosion or other structural damage.
Equally the presence of fugitive dust in the form of a suspension or deposition can also represent considerable risk through the potential for dust explosion. In most instances losses are limited to plant and materials, however on occasion such failures have led to loss of life or injury to personnel.
This paper will review some of the most dominant contributory factors and discuss routes towards risk mitigation for new build and plant life extension schemes.
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