Demystifying Thermal Stability in Dust and Powder Analysis

When working with dust clouds and powder layers, the traditional focus is often on the material’s flammability characteristics. While these are vital to understand, it is also important to evaluate the safety implications for bulk storage, transportation, and drying of powders – particularly when they are processed at elevated temperatures.
Thermal stability data for powders is used to define safe operating temperatures for drying applications, and to determine safe storage and transportation configurations (e.g., pile or container size) for these materials. Failure to consider these conditions can allow dangerous exotherms to arise from self-heating or self-reaction.
During this webinar we:
  • Overview the hazards of self-heating and decomposition reactions involving powders and dusts.
  • Identify pragmatic screening methods to identify scenarios that must be considered as part of establishing a Basis of Safety for handling and storing powders.
  • Explore the UN/DOT transportation classification implications of powder self-heating and decomposition hazards.