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Is It Possible for an Gas Cylinder to Explode

February 24,2022

Is it possible for an gas cylinderto explode

Is it possible for an gas cylinder to explode ? the answer is yes ,it will happen ,What caused the oxygen cylinder to explode?

Oxygen cylinder explosions can be physical or chemical, depending on their origin.

First the main causes of physical explosions are:

The charging pressure is too high, exceeding the specified allowable pressure.The cylinder is filled to the specified pressure, and then the temperature of the cylinder rises due to proximity to the heat source or exposure to the sun, and the pressure rises with it until it exceeds the limit of explosion.The inner and outer surfaces of the cylinder are corroded, the cylinder wall is thinned, and the strength decreases.The gas cylinder is hit or impacted during transportation and handling, resulting in mechanical damage.cylinder material does not meet the requirements, or manufacturing defects.When the cylinder exceeds its service life, its residual deformation rate has exceeded 10%, and it has been classified as a scrap cylinder.When filling the gas cylinder , the temperature is too low, which makes the material of the gas cylinder cold and brittle.When filling oxygen or deflating, the oxygen valve is opened and operated too quickly, resulting in too fast flow rate, friction and impact of air flow.

Second the main causes of chemical explosions are:

1.the bottle infiltration or contaminated grease, and compressed oxygen after contact with the rapid oxidation combustion, release a lot of heat, and make the temperature rise very high, the bottle pressure increases. When the cylinder stress limit is exceeded, an explosion occurs. At the same time, the cylinder can also undergo intense oxidation. According to the data, oxygen pressure exceeds 3MPa, oil and oxygen direct contact may be spontaneous combustion.

2.Misusing bottles filled with other flammable gases or liquids to fill them with oxygen. The user refits the cylinder and paints the hydrogen with sky blue paint to fill it with oxygen, which explodes in the process.

3. oxygen cylinder mixed with combustible gas. For example, oxygen cylinder pressure is too low, acetylene gas into the oxygen cylinder; Hydrogen is contained in the oxygen by-products obtained from hydrolyzing hydrogen.

4, oxygen cylinder valve gasket and other parts containing grease or organic flammable materials, friction or electrostatic spark in the opening and closing of the valve caused combustion, explosion.

Measures taken to prevent oxygen cylinder explosions:

The oxygen filling station must meet the provisions of the safety and technical conditions of the gas cylinder filling station, establish the safety and quality assurance system, formulate the corresponding rules and regulations, and the filling management personnel and filling workers must be professionally trained, checked and qualified, and issued a qualification certificate before they can take up their posts; The oxygen filling station should be equipped with reliable lightning protection devices. The grounding resistance should not be greater than 10 OHms. Pipes and valves should be equipped with grounding devices to remove static electricity, and the grounding resistance should not be greater than 10 OHms. The safety valve and pressure gauge set in the oxygen filling station should be checked regularly; Safety check must be carried out before filling gas cylinders.
When handling gas cylinders, safety hats and shockproof rings should be installed; To light, light discharge, strictly prohibited throwing, rolling collision; The means of transport shall have safety marks; Summer should have shading facilities; No fireworks; Shall not be transported together with inflammable and explosive objects;
The distance between gas cylinders and open fire shall not be less than 10m when stored and used. Full cylinders should not be exposed to sunlight; In winter, if the bottle valve is found to be frozen, it is forbidden to use open fire to roast, and apply boiling water to defrost; There should be anti-dumping measures when neutral discharge is used; No knocking or bumping; The gas cylinder in the bottle shall not be used up, and the residual pressure of 0.05mpa must be kept; Open and close the valve slowly;
Oxygen cylinders must be tested regularly every three years. When there is doubt, it should be checked in time; Valve and bottle valve repair should be strictly degreasing; Gaskets and washers shall be made of specified materials, and materials without safety tests shall not be used. Oxygen hose must be copper alloy or stainless steel, rubber hose is not allowed; Fire extinguishers used in oxygenation stations shall not contain oil.