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Several major accidents pointed out the potential hazard of fires with respect to the emission of hazardous substances not present in normal process conditions. The prediction of the actual substances that may be generated and released during a chemical fire is a difficult target, since a wide range of possible starting materials and a wide range of system conditions may be possible during fires.
The analysis focuses on the links between the substances released in a fire and the substances present in normal conditions. The starting point of the study was the analysis of accidental events stored in industrial accident databases and in the open literature.
The analysis of accident data enabled relevant information to be obtained on the products of chemical fires and to develop criteria for the identification of the dangerous substances that may be produced as a consequence of fire accidents. .

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Authors: COZZANI V, JRC Ispra (IT);AMENDOLA A, JRC Ispra (IT);ZANELLI S, Universitá di Pisa, Dipartimento di Ingegneria Chimica, Chimica Industriale e Scienza dei Materiali (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Paper presented: European Research on Industrial Fires, 3rd Seminar, Roskilde (DK), September 17-18, 1996
Availability: Available from (1) as Paper EN 40137 ORA
Record Number: 199611469 / Last updated on: 1997-01-16
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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