Diesel Engine exhaust spark arrestors are a basic, but key safety feature for both hazardous areas and lower risk diesel engine applications such as agriculture or forestry where a spark from the exhaust system may cause ignition of combustible material. Virtually all legislation regarding the operation of a diesel engine in a hazardous area includes a mandatory requirement to fit a tested and approved exhaust spark arrestor.
Western Tydens Spark Arrestors are designed as a safety device, specifically for preventing the risk of fire caused by the spread of sparks emitted from diesel engines. All diesel engines have the potential to emit sparks even the latest clean engines. This is due to the high carbon particulate content, carbon build up and the high ratio of free oxygen in the exhaust gas when on and off load. The amount of energy carried by these sparks and the risk of them being transmitted over large areas in the presence of flammable materials, gases or dust can significantly increase the chances of igniting fires or causing explosions.
Under many Health and Safety guidelines and legislation, such as ATEX, this potential risk has been identified as the cause of many catastrophic fires over the years and the fitting of a Spark Arrestor and other protective measures has been mandated as an important means of reducing this. For this reason Spark Arrestors are mandatory equipment in many industries where potentially explosive environments are common.
The fitting of Spark Arrestors should be considered in any risk assessment programme and always as an essential component of any ATEX installation covered by EN1834.
- Oils & Gas Industries
- Petrochemical Industries
- Timber/Paper Handling & Processing
- Military Munitions/Aviation
* Western Tydens has used the latest Computerised Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software to optimise the design principles of our spark arrestor range.
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