Thermal hazards: How to identify and minimize them in your drying process
A fire or explosion in your dryer can injure your workers, damage your plant and equipment, and interrupt your process for a long time. Identifying such thermal hazards in your drying process means understanding dryer properties and, most importantly, characterizing your powder. This article's first sections describe potential thermal hazards. The final sections explain how to evaluate your powder to minimize these hazards in your drying process.
During drying, some dryer properties and powder characteristics together can create fire and explosion hazards. To help understand the hazards, let's take a look at how powder behaves during drying.