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  • Considerations for hazardous area classification of modular hydrogen facilities

    29 April 2022

    Hydrogen production is rising in popularity due to an increasing demand for clean energies and fuel alternatives. Hydrogen electrolysis is one method of hydrogen production that is both energy and space efficient....

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  • Importance of early Human Factors integration for safe and operable design

    29 April 2022

    We’ve all experienced bad design, but have we all considered why a design is bad? Typically, the reasons are related to designing the task, equipment and/or system without effective consideration of its users, their capabilities, the context of use, environment and the wider system....

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  • The link between distributed acoustic sensing, machine learning and digitalisation

    29 April 2022

    Matt McDonald, Director of Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning at Fotech, a bp Launchpad company, explains how machine learning (ML) is used in advanced distributed acoustic sensing (DAS) technologies to support digitalisation, enabling operators to reduce the risk of major pipeline incidents....

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  • Safety valves for high-pressure applications

    29 April 2022

    In applications involving compressed gases, liquids, or steam, safety is one of the topmost priorities. Any error, system malfunction, or device failure could easily damage machine parts and products and even cause injuries and death. For these reasons, safety valves are used as the main protective devices against overpressure situations. This occurs when the system pressure exceeds the maximum allowable working pressure (MAWP)....

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  • Effective natural gas leak detection using mobile analytical technology

    29 April 2022

    Methane leaks from natural gas pipelines require monitoring and control to minimise their impact for environmental and safety reasons. Doug Baer, Global Product Line Manager - Laser Analyzers for ABB Measurement & Analytics, explains how the latest generation of mobile gas leak detection measurement technologies can help sniff out leaks....

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New technologies helping to improve worker safety 28 April 2022

Millions of workplace accidents happen each year, many of which are within the power of employers to prevent. According to recent research, while overall worker safety has improved over the last decade, some industries seem to have plateaued or even reverted in recent years....

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Does Computational Fluid Dynamics ‘Improve Safety’ of Fixed Gas Detection Systems? 19 April 2022

This article addresses the concerns of CFD being used to design gas detector locations for fixed gas detection systems as it relies on assumptions the likes of which will likely not be accurate on the day of a given release, which is not good practice when designing a system to protect the occupants of the site....

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Protection against electrostatic hazards for tank trucks during the loading process 14 April 2022

Over time, various accidents caused by ignition were recorded during the loading of tank trucks. For example, over 250 accidents were recorded between 1960 and 1981 in the USA and Germany. The accident rate is thankfully reducing.1 These accidents are all related to static electricity, or more precisely, uncontrolled electrostatic discharge....

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Why digitalisation will be crucial to successfully and safely decarbonising the gas grid 13 April 2022

In the nearly three years since the UK government made a legal commitment to achieve net zero emissions by 2050, there has been considerable debate in terms of how this will be achieved, not least the role the gas grid will play in the low carbon transition....

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How can spray dryers be protected while keeping costs to a minimum? 12 April 2022

The obvious steps to protecting spray dryers include organisational measures such as regular maintenance of the plant components, thorough cleaning of all parts as well as the production facilities themselves, and training of the responsible personnel. Nevertheless, there is plenty of potential for improvement in many areas....

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