WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Within the annual report recording nationwide grain mud bin explosions, seven incidents had been reported in 2021, down from eight in 2020.

Kingsly Ambrose, Purdue College affiliate professor of agricultural and organic engineering and writer of the report, stated that regardless of the lower in explosions from the earlier 12 months, one fatality and 5 accidents had been reported. The ten-year common for explosions stands at 8.0, down from 8.1 in 2020.

The explosions occurred in a single feed mill, one ethanol plant, one grain mill and 4 grain elevators. The possible ignition sources had been recognized as one case of a hearth, two incidences of smoldering grain, whereas 4 instances had been from unknown sources. Gas sources for the explosions had been recognized as grain mud in 5 instances, and the remaining two instances had been unknown.

The mud explosions occurred in six totally different states, Ambrose stated, with two occurring in Minnesota, one in Georgia, one in Idaho, one in Indiana, one in Iowa and one in Oregon.

“Grain mud acts as a gas for these explosions, and all it takes is a small spark for ignition to happen,” Ambrose stated. “Controlling grain mud can considerably scale back the likelihood and severity of explosions. Easy and efficient housekeeping is the primary line of protection.”

Ambrose stated preserving good upkeep of apparatus to make sure correct working order and correctly coaching staff are measures to assist eradicate grain mud explosions.

Author: Jillian Ellison, 765-494-0948, ellison1@purdue.edu

Supply: Kingsly Ambrose, 765-494-6599, rambrose@purdue.edu

Agricultural Communications: 765-494-8415;

Maureen Manier, Division Head, mmanier@purdue.edu

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