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Pilot reactor at the IQS facilities

Thermal runaways are the cause of many incidents in the process chemical industry. Some of them produced major accidents (e.g. Seveso).

Theory and good engineering practice are well established for huge-continuous plants ... but the biggest number of commercially available chemicals are obtained in small-multipurpose-batch chemical facillities. A wide spectrum of processes and equipments make the hazard assessment of processes to produce fine and specialty chemicals a discipline that is too hard for most small and medium producers.

However, prevention of runaways and their consequences has the highest priority for the chemical industry.

(Pilot reactor at the IQS, Barcelona, facilities duting the simulation of a runaway. FOTO: IQS 1997)

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