Using explosion vents in dust collectors
Many dusts within the oxygen-rich environment of a dust collector are extremely explosive or even self-igniting, which means it's not always possible to prevent explosive conditions in the collector. However, there are ways to vent explosions and protect your workers, the dust collector, nearby equipment, and the building.
This article's first sections cover dust explosion basics, including how an explosion occurs and how to manage a dust explosion. The rest of the article discusses using explosion vents to manage dust explosions in dust collectors; sections cover what an explosion vent does, types of explosion vents, factors to consider when selecting an explosion vent, and tips for installing and maintaining an explosion vent. The information can be applied to other handling equipment, including storage bins, holding tanks, and ductwork.