Spontaneous Combustible Substances: a Database Update
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A database of spontaneous combustible substances is under development. Over 100 substances commonly found in the chemical processing industry have been included to date. Spontaneous combustion includes the several related phenomena such as spontaneous heating/ignition, spontaneous oxidation, pyrophoric gases, pyrophoric liquids, pyrophoric nonmetals, pyrophoric metals, and moisture reactive metals. Among the information included in the database are: General information on spontaneous combustion Range of conditions for spontaneous combustion Avoidance techniques Mitigation procedures References to detail studies Case histories of incidents involving various spontaneously combustible materials This database will be made available on the Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center web site, with encouragement for others to add their experiences in the spirit of sharing safety information.
Mannan, M. Sam; West, Harry W. (1999). Spontaneous Combustible Substances: a Database Update. Mary Kay O'Connor Process Safety Center; Texas &M University. Libraries. Available electronically from