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Electrostatic Hazards

Propagating brush discharges can present ignition hazards with modern materials
Propagating brush discharges can present
ignition hazards with modern materials.

Uncontrolled static electricity is responsible for a large number of serious industrial fires and explosions every year. Any environment in which sensitive flammable media are present is at risk and statistics indicate that due to increased process speeds, finer powders and higher purity fuels & solvents, the problem is growing.

Static electricity is difficult to detect, quantify and control. In addition to the threat of ignition, static can cause a host of other industrial problems often resulting in production difficulties, quality issues and expensive shutdowns.

Specialist equipment developed by Wolfson includes a gas ignition probe for safety audits.
Specialist equipment developed by Wolfson
includes a gas ignition probe for safety audits.

Wolfson Electrostatics was established in 1971 at the University of Southampton and is now recognised as the world’s leading centre of expertise in its field. With excellent laboratory facilities situated on the main campus at the University, Wolfson employs a small team of specialist engineers all with industrial backgrounds and many years’ experience in their chosen field. These engineers have provided technical guidance on hazard analysis and control to industrial clients in thirty countries around the world.

Projects can range from short-term consultancy to full research and development programmes and involve working closely with the companies concerned to develop practical and effective solutions.

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For further information on Electrostatic Hazards contact Wolfson Electrostatics.

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