In this case study Fauske & Associates, LLC, world leader in chemical and nuclear process safety, highlights a deflagration incident (explosion) that occurred at a wood pellet manufacturing plant. A hot ember from a smoldering nest traveled into the pellet cooler ducting. This initiated a combustible dust deflagration and led to subsequent fires. 

This case study describes the incident, investigation, and outcomes, including:

  • Hazard Identification: Material Properties & Process Description
  • Process Flow Diagram
  • Protection for Equipment Handling Combustible Dust
  • Gap Analysis
  • Safety Management Systems
  • Process Hazard Analysis