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Explosion Isolation

Explosion Isolation

What is Explosion Isolation?

Explosion isolation is to safeguard the surrounding personnel as well as machinery. Explosion isolation involves “blocking” an explosion through the process ductwork. The aim here is to stop it from traveling any further.

An explosion can continue to truly gain momentum, creating secondary explosions and fires. Although explosion venting or suppression is present, a dust explosion can still travel backwards. It will travel from the process vessel across the inlet ductwork and into the connected equipment in other process areas.

Generally, explosion isolation involves “blocking” an explosion through the process ductwork. The aim here is to stop it from traveling any further. There are three forms of explosion isolation. First is the Explosion Suppression, find the other two below.

You can also use Explosion isolation on a dust collector, process vessel or any other equipment. In this case, it will be used along the connecting ductwork and adhering to the installation distance from the vessel.

Dust Collector Isolation

When would you need dust collector isolation? In truth, the most common scenarios for a dust explosion to occur is in fact, within a dust collector. In effect, a dust collector surely plays host to a large amount of dust. If this combustible dust disperses in the air and ignites, the result is catastrophic which is why the need for dust collector isolation is essential. Explosion venting will then avoid that risk.

However, in some cases, the dangerous pressure waves and flames can travel backwards through connecting ductwork. This requires the use of an explosion isolation valve, also referred to as a non-return valve, flap valve or barrier valve. In the event of an explosion, first the pressure waves forces the flap to shut blocking further distribution of the explosion pressure and/or flames through the connecting process ductwork, ensuring then, dust collector isolation against explosions. If you require more in detail information on how to protect your dust collector with isolation, please contact Euratex immediately.

The Solutions

passive mechanical isolation

barrier valves

passive mechanical isolation

Passive mechanical isolation is certainly the most common form of explosion isolation. It involves installing a barrier valve (also known as a “Non-Return Valve” or “Flap Valve”) within the ductwork (usually, between 3 to 7 meters from the inlet). Once an explosion begins to propagate through the ductwork, the mechanical flap within the valve will then slam shut. The Valve is in fact, held down in place by the pressure waves. Therefore, the barrier created stops the explosion in its tracks. Furthermore, our valves have a robust construction. Due to that fact, you can reuse them after a quick inspection, saving you on cost and downtime.

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Passive Mechanical Isolation

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Passive Mechanical Isolation


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Indeed, the VENTEX® ESI is a passive explosion protection valve with years of proven operational reliability. Thus, it acts as both, an effective and reliable pressure and flame arrestor, without the use of external energy.

When idle, so without air flow, the closing device is again in the open position. During normal operation, the processed product flows around the open closing device. To explain, when an explosion occurs, the pressure wave then pushes the closing device against the closing device seal. As a result, the valve gets locked in this closed state. Thus, preventing the spread of flames and pressure waves. VENTEX ESI-E/-D valves are, of course, suitable for explosion protection in both directions.

The VENTEX valve is suitable for high, medium and low pressures. Also, for metallic dusts, hybrid mixtures, gases and organic dusts, as well as all common product.

Euratex are proud to offer servicing for the VENTEX valve as well as all the spare parts package.
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Again, the VENTEX® ESI is a passive explosion protection valve with years of proven operational reliability. Thus, it acts as both, an effective and reliable pressure and flame arrestor, without the use of external energy. It certainly adapts to meet each individual need. And has the ability to work with reverse air flow as well as normal air flow production. 

The VENTEX valve is available from size DN100 up to DN600. And suits low, medium or high pressures with minimal pressure drop in the pipe. It is advisable for a low dust load and all common media. For example, metallic dusts, hybrid mixtures, gases as well as organic dusts. Also, the VENTEX valve is suitable for low, medium or high process temperatures. And a maximum flow velocity of 25 m/s. It is available as single acting (EI-E) or double acting (ESI-D) operation modes. Or alternatively as a check valve (ESI-C) – this is what truly makes the VENTEX a great solution to suit individual case needs. You can install it in a vertical or horizontal position, which makes for a flexible installation design too. 

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bfv - explosion barrier valves

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The BFV explosion barrier valve is a mechanical device. It has been designed to prevent the propagation of flame and pressure between pieces of equipment within a process area. For example, when an explosion occurs within a contained vessel (such as a dust filter unit), it will gain momentum and travel through connected ductwork. Thus, spreading rapidly through to other areas of the process. Therefore, it will certainly cause a much larger explosion, damage to neighbouring machinery/equipment and will truly put lives at risk. Implementing an explosion barrier valve, such as the BFV, will swiftly isolate the explosion. And also, minimise costly damage and risk.   

Fully ATEX certified to the latest standard of EN16447

The BFV explosion isolation valve is compiled for the design and testing of passive flap-type valves for use in dust carrying pipes and ducts. The BFV also meets NFPA 68 approval. To list some advantages:

  • A passive device for isolating dust explosions
    Incorporates a latching device
  • High pressure resistance
    Optional position indicator
  • Mechanical device that doesn’t require power
    Wide variety of sizes from DN100 to DN800
  • Suitable for ST1 and ST2 zone 20 operation (up to DN400) and ST1 zone 20 operation (up to DN800).
  • Suitable for technologies working with light metal dust (please consult with Euratex for metallic dust use)
  • Available in stainless steel or mild steel with a surface finish of Kamoaxit (RAL 3000 – red).

Normally Open Flap

Most barrier valves rely on the process air flow to keep the flap open but, the BFV maintains a “normally open flap” state. In normal operation, the pressure flap is held open by a mechanical latch. When an explosion occurs, the flap is then forced closed by the explosion pressure wave and locked in place, thus preventing the spread of the explosion to other parts of equipment or production technology.

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The BFV incorporates an inspection hatch, which makes maintenance access of the valve very simple.

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An optional position sensor is available. The sensor will send a signal to indicate the position of the flap (open/closed). The signal is determined through the mechanical position indicator (green tab).

For technical information, parameters or datasheets, please contact Euratex directly at sales@euratex.co.uk

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