Process Safety Across the Chemical Engineering Curriculum

Initiative Led by Professor H. Scott Fogler

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Chemical Reaction Engineering Safety Modules

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board referred to in the safety modules is an independent federal agency that is tasked with investigating the major causes of chemical accidents. They provide recommendations on safety improvements and provide lessons learned in hope to protect the community and environment from future incidents.

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Module 1: T2 Laboratories Explosion
Class Tested by UM Chemical Reaction Engineering Course in Fall 2018
  • Description: Explosion of batch chemical reactor after heat exchanger fails for 10 minutes
  • Location: Jacksonville, Florida, US
  • Date: December 19, 2007
Module 2: Runaway Reaction at Monsanto and Synthron
  • Description: Explosion of a batch reactor after heat exchanger fails
  • Location: Sauget, Illinois (Monsanto) and Morganton, North Carolina (Synthron)
  • Date: August 8, 1969 (Monsanto) and January 31, 2006 (Synthron)
Module 3: ExxonMobil Refinery Explosion
  • Description: The closure of the regeneration value got stuck in the open position allowing flammable gas to escape downstream.
  • Location: Torrance, CA
  • Date: Feburary 18, 2015
Module 4: Dust Explosion at Imperial Sugar Company
  • Description: Explosion of airborne fine sugar dust particles. Sugar dust particles provide a large reactive surface area that can ignite in air causing a massive explosion.
  • Location: Port Wentworth, GA
  • Date: Feburary 7, 2008