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Safety concept for hydrogenation plants

In the planning of hydrogenation plants and the development of safety concepts, particular attention should be given to explosion protection.

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EKATO – safety concepts: expert consulting and services

Hydrogen is characterised by wide atmospheric explosive limits; hydrogen/air mixtures can thus be ignited with a very low energy of only 0.02 mJ in a concentration range of 4–77% (vol).

In the planning of hydrogenation plants and the development of safety concepts, particular attention should be given to explosion protection. In the course of a risk analysis, together with our clients, we evaluate all chemical or physical hazards that can result from the regular or deviating operation of your hydrogenation plant. Different and often company-specific methods are used for this purpose; ultimately, these always assess the hazards according to the probability of occurrence as well as their severeity . Once an operational risk is identified, it is evaluated and the best technical or organizational measures are taken to eliminate or control the risk. Our detailed knowledge of hydrogenation processes, typical functions, components used and their interaction within the hydrogenation plant make a valuable contribution to the assessment of potential hazards.

EKATO supports you with regard to plant safety – not only during the planning of your hydrogenation plant but also during installation, commissioning, training, and documentation as well as for later modifications and conversions. 

EKATO - safety technology for hydrogenation plants

Hydrogen has a very high diffusibility. The absolute tightness of the entire plant equipment and its individual components must therefore be taken into account. For all detachable connections, higher pressures require special, often metallic, seals. On rotating components such as agitator shafts or reactor circulating pumps (loop reactor), specially designed EKATO safety seals must be used. Depending on operating pressure, double- or triple-acting mechanical seals or magnetic drives can be used for this purpose. EKATO designed these specifically for hydrogenation applications and has been manufacturing them in-house since 1982. Our modern, triple-acting mechanical seals equipped with a pressure divider installation thus also work safely and reliably at operating pressures of up to 200 bar.

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