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Safety Of Pure Oxygen To Produce Ethylene Oxide 2

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ETHYLENE OXIDE PRODUCTION 2
Ethylene Oxide Production
There are some safety concerns during ethylene oxide production with one factor being
the percentage of pure oxygen used. As Wei et al. (2018) noted a new method of analyzing the
risk of explosion for ethylene oxide production could help determine safety of a chemical plant.
The explosion limit of ethylene in the exothermic reactor is 2.9-79.9% in oxygen. Therefore, any
issue with the reaction could lead to a fire and explosion (Wei et al., 2018).
When applying the proposed FFTA-LOPA method for risk analysis, it was evident that
production of ethylene could lead to fire and explosion with severe consequences (Wei et al.,
2018). The severity was rated as V with a probability level of VII. A high percentage of pure
oxygen was, therefore, a risk for explosion showing that use of 99.9% could lead to a fire if the
right independent layer protection is not put in place (Wei et al., 2018).
The production of ethylene oxide involves complete combustion which are highly
exothermic reactions. Therefore, there is a high potential for reactor thermal runaway especially
when using pure oxygen. Consequently, pressure builds up slowly leading to an explosion.
Safety precautions should be undertaken to ensure that emergency shutdown of the plant can
occur while guaranteeing the safety of those involved in the project.

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Running head: ETHYLENE OXIDE PRODUCTION Ethylene Oxide Production Name Institution 1 ETHYLENE OXIDE PRODUCTION 2 Ethylene Oxide Production There are some safety concerns during ethylene oxide production with one factor being the percentage of pure oxygen used. As Wei et al. (2018) noted a new method of analyzing the risk of explosion for ethylene oxide production could help determine safety of a chemical plant. The explosion limit of ethylene in the exothermic reactor is 2.9-79.9% in oxygen. Therefore, any issue with the reaction could lead to a fire and explosion (Wei et al., 2018). When applying the proposed FFTA-LOPA method for risk analysis, it was evident that production of ethylene could lead to fire and explosion with severe consequences (Wei et al., 2018). The severity was rated as V with a probability level of VII. A high percentage of pure oxygen was, therefore, a risk fo ...
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