Reduction of fire and explosion hazards at peat handling plants

Henry Weckman, Pentti Hyvärinen, Juhani Olin, Aimo Rautalin, Matti Vuorio

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The objective was to study - material properties connected with the tendency of peat to burn and explode, - the stages of operation at which most fires and explosions occur in peat-handling plants, and reasons for these fires and explosions, and - how fires and their serious consequences might be prevented. The material properties of peat were studied both experimentally and by reviewing the literature. Fires and explosions at peat-handling plants were surveyed in conjunction with visits to plants. Finally, some central points of view concerning fire and explosion safety in the process and building design of plants are presented. This report has previously been published in Finnish as Report 16 of the Fire Technology Laboratory.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEspoo
PublisherVTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
Number of pages217
ISBN (Print)951-38-1238-3
Publication statusPublished - 1981
MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

Publication series

SeriesValtion teknillinen tutkimuskeskus. Tutkimuksia - Research Reports


  • peat
  • fires
  • dust explosions


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