Thermodynamics 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: Praxair Cylinder Fire and Explosion
Class Tested by University of Michigan Thermodynamics Course
  • Description: Vapor pressure increases with temperature and escapes from cylinder and ignites
  • Location: St. Louis, Missouri, US
  • Date: June 24, 2009
Module 2: Williams Owens Olefin Plant Explosion
  • Description: Liquid heats up causing he vapor pressure to increase causing an explosion
  • Location: Geismar, Louisiana, US
  • Date: June 13, 2013