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 the vapor pressure to increase causing an explosion
Location: Geismar, Louisiana, US
Date: June 13, 2013