New Short courses in April March 13, 2012
The Wolfson Centre for Bulk Solids Handling Technology is providing 2 new half day courses in the areas of: Dust Explosions; how to demonstrate DSEAR/ATEX Compliance and Electrostatics in Powder Handling and Evaluation.
Dust Explosions; how to demonstrate DSEAR/ATEX Compliance:
Michael Ward is currently sales manager for Explosion Hazard Testing Ltd, a specialist laboratory providing explosion testing services to British, European and International standards.He has been involved in explosion risk for over 25 years, including 15 years as an independent explosion consultant, and until recently was the head of the Building Research Establishments Industrial Safety Group. He has an extensive knowledge of products and processes liable to give rise to fire and explosion, the preventative techniques that can be applied to reduce the risk of an event occurring and the protective measures that can be taken to mitigate explosion effects.
It is those reasons that the Wolfson Centre Director, Prof Mike Bradley, invited Mike Ward to join forces to present a half day introduction to the subject and the simple measures that can be taken to reduce the hazard of a dust explosion.
The course includes a brief overview of current legislation and the safety precautions required to demonstrate compliance and provide a safe working environment for employees.
Electrostatics in Powder Handling and Evaluation:
Electrostatic charges generated during industrial powder handling processes may give rise to unwanted particle cohesion or adhesion, which in turn results in difficulties such as particle agglomeration, segregation, material build-up on equipment and ignition of explosion, etc. Its impact is felt in terms of lower production yields and increased process downtime, or high risks to safety in manufacture.
The charges are most likely generated by tribo-charging, which arises from particle-particle and particle-wall contacts. Its behaviour is erratic and not easy to predict, nevertheless it is always desirable to characterize the charging tendency of raw materials so that corrective action can be taken prior to full scale manufacture.
The Wolfson Centre Researchers are fortunate to have, amongst them, experts in the causes and effect of electrostatic charge in bulk solids handling. The course has been set up to look at this area, followed by the hazards caused to product quality control and risk assessment.