We would like to install a Syltherm heat transfer fluid spill detection system to detect any circulating pump leaks. When we had a leak recently at the pump, it generated a lot of vapor and mist delaying the operators to isolate the pump as there was no remore provision to do so. We are planning to install remotely-actuated block valves to isolate pumping system. We are also planning to installa leak detection device at the pump or in the immediate area. Please recommend a device suitable to detect Syltherm heat transfer fluid leaks(vapor and/or liquid)and to transmit the signal to the control room for operators to take remedial actions. This device should be suitable to silicone environment also.
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Jim Grant Forum Moderator 118 Posts
Re: Install a heat transfer fluid spill28 April 2006 at 1:29pmI have no expertise in leak detection systems but suspect that a flammability meter (explosion meter) may be useful to detect hazardous conditions as a result of a leak. There is a whole body of information
which should be available in the safety literature concerning the operation of heat transfer fluids above their flash point and the appropriate safety measures which are required. I recommend researching this and working with the oil supplier as well to find a solution which prevents these hazardous situations from occurring or going undetected if they do.