Oil Mist and Machinery Space Fires
Abstract:A review is presented of the role of oil mist as a principal agent in machinery space fires. The ways in which oil mist can be produced are described as well as the distinction between mist and spray. The contrast between the oil mist conditions inside crankcases and that in the general atmosphere in machinery spaces is discussed. Methods of measuring oil mist and spray are described and equipment suitable for monitoring conditions inside machinery and in machinery spaces is discussed. Recommendations are made to improve safety on board ship and in industrial plants, and Appendices 1 through 4 cover IMO regulations and other initiatives on the oil mist hazard.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: January 1, 2002
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