Editor(s): Harold D. Beeson, Sarah R. Smith, Walter F. Stewart
This heavily revised new edition provides a practical set of guidelines for safe oxygen system design, storage, handling, and usage. This manual begins with an overview of the basic oxygen safety guidelines, followed by a description of oxygen system ignition mechanisms and materials information related to flammability, ignition, and combustion. Next, the process for performing an oxygen compatibility assessment is described, followed by design principles, which are fundamental to the safe use of oxygen. Cleaning for oxygen service is the next topic, followed by various operational issues, such as storage facility design, transportation and transfer, equipment hazards, and emergency procedures.
Appendices include some chemical and physical properties of oxygen, a summary of physical properties of engineering materials, and a summary of some pressure vessel testing, inspection, and recertification requirements. They also include a general discussion of applicable codes, regulations, and guidelines related to the use of oxygen, as well as a brief review of scaling laws, explosions, blasts, and fragments.
This volume is a valuable reference tool for designers, users, operators, maintainers, quality assurance personnel, insurance and safety inspectors, and project managers who will be able to incorporate these guidelines into their projects or facilities.