Dennis Hendershot Forum Moderator 20 Posts
Re: Static electricity references27 June 2007 at 1:29pmThere are a lot of references on static electricity which will provide the information. Two good books are:
Avoiding Static Ignition Hazards in Chemical Operations
Electrostatic Ignitions of Fires and Explosions
There are codes and standards in most countries, for example, NFPA 77 "Recommended Practice on Static Electricity". There are equivalent codes and standards in other countries (UK, Australia, New Zealand, for example).
There is an enormous literature on static electricity, including at least one journal devoted to the subject (Journal of Electrostatics). I have over 100 references in my own files.
One good article: Expert Commission for Safety in the Swiss Chemical Industry (ESCIS). "Static Electricity: Rules for Plant Safety." Plant/Operations Progress 7, no. 1 (January) (1988): 1-22.
I am researching the issue of the incidence of fires caused by static electricity in chemical plants. How big of a problem is this? Would you be able to direct me to sources for data on fires and their causes, and methods used by chemical plants to minimize the risk of fires caused by static electricity?
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