Process Safety Across the Chemical Engineering Curriculum

Initiative Led by Professor H. Scott Fogler

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Material and Energy Balances 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: CAPECO Explosion
Class Tested by UM Material and Energy Balances Course in Fall 2018
  • Description: Overfilling of storage tank with a flammable liquid
  • Location: Bayamón, Puerto Rico
  • Date: October 23, 2009
Module 2: Acetone Drum Explosion
Class Tested by UM Material and Energy Balances Course in Fall 2018
  • Description: Calculate the flammability limits of one teaspoon of acetone in an inverted drum
  • Location: N/A
  • Date: N/A
Module 3: Williams Owens Olefin Plant Explosion
  • Description: Liquid heats up causing the vapor pressure to increase causing an explosion
  • Location: Geismar, Louisiana, US
  • Date: June 13, 2013