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Assessment of industrial electrostatic hazards using finite-element electric field analysis

Jones, R.T., Williams, T.J. and Abu Sharkh, S. (1997) Assessment of industrial electrostatic hazards using finite-element electric field analysis Journal of Electrostatics, 40-41, pp. 449-454. (doi:10.1016/S0304-3886(97)00086-7).

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Charged clouds, generated in industrial processes, can lead to large values of space potential and electric field inside a vessel. Isolated masses of airborne liquid within can carry induced charge to the wall resulting in electrostatic discharges. Critical values of space potential can be found using a relationship between the jet safety factor and the material hazard coefficient. A computer package is described which allows complex space potential profiles and electric fields to be modelled for a prescribed space charge density. This allows the central space potential, a key indicator of electrostatic risk, to be evaluated. Examples are presented of two recent hazard investigations made by Wolfson Electrostatics.

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Published date: 1997


Local EPrints ID: 21244
ISSN: 0304-3886
PURE UUID: 69663d9b-f962-4e95-8d1b-88716d763aa8

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Date deposited: 15 Nov 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 16:27

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Author: R.T. Jones
Author: T.J. Williams
Author: S. Abu Sharkh

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