How to prevent self-heating in your operation
In order to design a new operation or analyze a current operation to minimize the risk for self-heating at all stages, you first must identify the potential self-heating risks that your material poses. BBA has a dedicated testing laboratory where we conduct material assessment for self-heating (MASH) tests using the proven FR-2 testing equipment developed by Rosenblum, Nesset and Spira.
When you understand the self-heating properties of your material, you can then examine the likelihood of a self-heating event at each stage of the material handling chain and put appropriate controls in place for any stage that is identified as being high-risk. Often, when materials are highly reactive, material handling infrastructure needs to be designed specifically to mitigate risks posed by self heating. Critical areas that require careful design considerations are storage buildings, conveyor transfer chutes and storage bins.
BBA’s team has a wide array of experience in the fields of mine planning, metallurgy, mineral processing and material handling and is capable of developing mitigation solutions for even the most challenging situation, be it a greenfield, brownfield or a retrofit project. We have a large database of tests that have been previously conducted on a variety of materials and can be used for comparative analyses. BBA has the capability and expertise to conduct the detailed design or retrofit of material handling infrastructure, such as bins and chutes, to accommodate a reactive material. Our experienced experts have designed numerous material handling systems for self heating materials. We can also advise you on the design and data analysis for pilot-scale studies.
Because of our broad expertise in self-heating and our unique testing facilities, BBA is in an exceptional position when it comes to helping clients both understand the potential self-heating risk posed by their materials and guiding them to solutions that will minimize the risks of moving, storing and handling these materials.
If you’re interested in any of the services listed below, feel free to contact Patrick Beaulieu (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Kevan Ford (email@example.com) for more details:
- Material assessment for self-heating tests and results analysis
- Self-heating risk assessments for existing operations or new projects
- Design and data analysis of self-heating pilot studies at client sites
- Detailed material handling infrastructure design for self-heating
- Process engineering for risk mitigation
- Self-heating awareness training for operations and technical staff
- Self-heating mitigation solution selection
- Fundamental screening studies for chemical additives