Multiple explosions occurred when five workers were acting on a footbridge structure at the top of crude olive pomace oil tanks. Welding on the tank roofs was performed without previously cleaning the tanks stopping heir operation. First, one of the several ∼ 650-m3 reservoirs exploded, provoking a pool fire that spread throughout the tank farm. Roughly 1 h later, two other reservoirs exploded causing the launching of missiles to a distance of 60–80 m and a huge fire that extended throughout the entire tank farm. Four workers were killed instantaneously. The explosion was caused by the unusually high content of hexane in the crude olive pomace oil and, hence, by the inefficiency of the desolventization process which creates a flammable and explosive oil from a combustible one.
Multiple tank explosion in edible oil refinery plant: a case study / Luca Marmo; Norberto Piccinini; Gennaro Russo; Paola Russo; Loris Munaro. - In: CHEMICAL ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY. - ISSN 0930-7516. - STAMPA. - 36:7(2013), pp. 1131-1137.
|Titolo:||Multiple tank explosion in edible oil refinery plant: a case study|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2013|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ceat.201300075|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|