A 1-Day Workshop or Part of 5-Day Package

Course Design and Objectives

This course will discuss and demonstrate how and where electrostatic charge is generated, how to analyze static problems, and how to apply effective solutions. Practical static control techniques will be illustrated by examining case histories of explosion incidents investigated by Chilworth Technology consultants.

Who Should Attend

Personnel (e.g., management, technical, operations and maintenance) involved with process safety, EH&S, process design, operations and maintenance from the chemical & processing industries, including bulk and finished pharmaceuticals, chemicals, petrochemicals, oil and gas, food, plastic & rubber, metals, textiles, wood & paper and agrochemicals who desire a more in depth understanding of electrostatic hazards.

CEUs: 0.6 for standalone course or 3.0 for 5-day package

You Will Learn

  • How electrostatic charge is generated in industrial environments
  • How to recognize those electrostatic hazards that can trigger industrial fires and explosions
  • How to choose methods to evaluate and control electrostatic charge in order to reduce or eliminate such risks

Course Outline

  • Introduction to Electrostatics
    • Background Information and Definitions
  • Types of Electrostatic Discharges
    • Four Types of Discharges
    • Evaluation of discharges in terms of incendivity in Gas, Vapor, Aerosol and Dust Cloud Flammable Atmospheres
    • Hands-on Demonstration of various types of discharges in the laboratory
  • Factors Affecting Electrostatics
    • Relative Humidity
    • Temperature
    • Resistivity of Powders and Liquids
    • Transport Mechanism (pneumatic, screw, spray, manual pouring etc)
    • Immiscible Flows
  • Tests to Evaluate Electrostatic Characteristics of Powders and Liquids
    • Volume Resistivity and Charge Relaxation Time – Powder
    • Chargeability – Powder
    • Conductivity – Liquid
    • Chargeability – Liquid
    • Hands-on Demonstration of Various types of Electrostatic Tests in Laboratory
  • Electrostatic Hazards Evaluation
    A systematic approach to the diagnosis of electrostatic hazards associated with:
    • People, Equipment and Facilities
    • Powder Handling
    • Liquid-Vapor Handling
    • Use of Plastics
    • Use of Flexible Intermediate Bulk Containers (FIBCs) (Super sacks)

Video Presentation
Case Studies
Q&A/Group Discussion
Course Evaluation Feedback Form


Mon, May 8 - Fri, May 12, 2017 Princeton, NJ, United States $2,375 Register
Mon, Oct 16 - Fri, Oct 20, 2017 Princeton, NJ, United States $2,375 Register


Wed, May 10, 2017 Princeton, NJ, United States $595 Register
Wed, Oct 18, 2017 Princeton, NJ, United States $595 Register

IACETChilworth Technology, Inc. has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), 12100 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 130, Reston, Virginia 20190, 703-234-4065.

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