Chemical Reactivity Management

Chemical Reactivity Management

Safe design of reaction containment and venting systems depends on a thorough understanding of chemical reactivity hazards and thermokinetics. We offer extensive computational and laboratory testing services including:

  • Adiabatic Calorimetry (ARC® and APTAC™)
  • Differential Scanning Calorimetry (DSC, high and low pressure)
  • Blasting Cap Test
  • Explosibility Screening for dust cloud (20L Sphere)
  • Explosion Severity for Pmax, KSt, dP/dtmax, Cw (20L Sphere)
  • Minimum Ignition Energy for MIE
  • Minimum Explosible Concentration for MEC
  • Minimum Auto-Ignition Temperature (BAM Oven)
  • Hot-Surface Ignition Temperature of dust layer
  • Burn Rate of dust layer
  • Volume Resistivity and Charge Relaxation Time
  • Electrostatic Charging
  • Particle Size Analysis
  • Moisture Content Analysis
  • Specialty Testing on Request
  • Analytical Testing on Request

Large Scale Testing

We have carried out large-scale hazard tests to verify the magnitude of the hazard in commercial scale systems. For such tests, we develop a test plan, oversee the field testing, interpret the test results, and prepare a summary report.

Scale-up Calculations

Our software tools are the industry standard for performing reactive system pressure relief design. The AIChE Design Institute for Emergency Relief Systems (DIERS) Users Group selected our relief design software (Process Safety Office™ SuperChems™ component) as a replacement for the SAFIRE computer code. SuperChems has been the subject of many publications and is used successfully by major chemical companies.