Incident of the Week

Introduction: Below are all of the Incident of the Week reports that have been selected and circulated by the AIChE U of M chapter in their newsletter at their weekly luncheons.

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Excel Energy Company Hydroelectric Tunnel Fire
Related courses: Heat and Mass Transfer
This incident explores the hazards of brining flammable liquids into a confined space.
Tesoro Martinez Sulfuric Acid Spill
Related courses: Operator Error
While workers performed maintenance on the refinery’s alkylation unit, sulfuric acid spilled from a sampling station due to insufficient tightening of a piece of equipment which caused burns to the workers.
Georgia Pacific Corp. Hydrogen Sulfide Poisoning
Related courses: Reactions
This accident covers the inadvertent mixing of two chemicals in the acid sewer of the company causing a formation of toxic hydrogen sulfide gas which poisoned the workers.
Williams Olefins Plant Explosion
Related courses: Thermodynamics, Fluid, Heat and Mass Transfer
The incident explores how weak process safety management system failed to protect the reboiler when introduceing heat to it leading to boiling liquid and vapor causing the explosion.
Millard Refrigerated Services Ammonia Release
Related courses: Fluids
This accident covers how hydraulic shock caused a pipe to fail releasing an excessive amount of anhydrous ammonia.
Donaldson Enterprises Inc Fatal Fireworks Disassembly Explosion
Related courses: Reactions, Heat and Mass Transfer
This incident covers the unsafe disposal of fireworks and how dangerous it can be when not done properly.
Explosion and Fire at Former Horsehead Zinc Facility
Related courses: Separations
This article explores how the flooding of a zinc distillation column failed under pressure and released zinc vapor into the air which caused on explosion.
DPC Enterprises Festus Chlorine Release
Related courses: Separations
This accident entails a transfer hose connected to a railroad tanker full of chlorine bursting and leaking toxic chlorine into the local community.
Freedom Industries Mass Contamination of Drinking Water
Related courses: Material and Energy Balances, Fluids
This report covers the mass contamination of drinking water in Charleston, WV due to a failed storage tank containing Methylcyclohexanemethanol mixed with propylene glycol phenyl ethers.
Nitrous Oxide Explosion at Airgas Facility
Related courses: Heat and Mass Transfer, Reactions
This article explores how the overheating of a pump caused a decomposing reaction of nitrous oxide causing the explosion.
Refinery Fire at ExxonMobil
Related courses: Reactions, Heat and Mass Transfer
This incident is about maintenance work being being performed on Exxon’s sulfuric acid alkylation unit while a valve failed and released isobutane which ignited a large fire.
Chemical Release at MGPI Industries
Related courses: Reactions
This incident covers a release of a toxic cloud of chlorine gas over Atchison, Kansas due to the inadvertent mixing of chemicals while they were being unloaded.
Seveso Disaster
Related courses: Controls, Reactions
This incident explores a chemical release in Seveso, Italy that left lasting health and environmental problems
Flixborough Disaster
Related courses: Fluids
This accident explores the disastrous accident at a chemical plant in Flixborough, England
Deadly chemical explosion at BASF
Related courses: Heat & Mass Transfer
This article covers a deadly explosion at the site of the world’s largest chemical producers.
Tosoh Accident in Japan
Related courses: Rections, Thermodynamics, Heat & Mass Transfer
This article explores an explosion in an HCI tower in Japan.
Hoeganaes Combustible Dust Flash Fires
Related courses: Reactions
This articles discusses a series of flash fires in a facility in Tennessee.
ARCO Channelview Explosion
Related courses: Reactions
This article covers an explosion at the ARCO chemical plant in Texas
Terra Industries Ammonium Nitrate Explosion – Monitor Equipment during shutdown
Related courses: Reactions, Heat & Mass Transfer
This article discusses an Ammonium Nitrate explosion at a fertilizer plant.
Formosa Plastics Vinyl Chloride Release
Related courses: Controls
This article explores an explosion at Formosa Plastics Corporation
Partridge Raleigh Oilfield Explosion
Related courses: Thermodynamics, Heat & Mass Transfer
This article will cover the explosion at the Partridge-Releigh oilfield in Mississippi