October 2017

Environment and Safety

Turn to open-path laser detectors for HF gas safety

Process engineers at a refinery in one of the Rocky Mountain states were concerned about detecting the potential accidental release of hydrogen fluoride (HF) gas at their plant as part of a recent series of upgrades to the facility.

Dean, K., MSA Senscient

Process engineers at a refinery in one of the Rocky Mountain states were concerned about detecting the potential accidental release of hydrogen fluoride (HF) gas at their plant as part of a recent series of upgrades to the facility. HF is a catalyst commonly used in petroleum refining alkylation processes that create octane-boosting additives for gasoline produced at the plant. FIG. 1. The potential presence of hazardous toxic, flammable and combustible gases requires refineries to employ a highly reliable safety monitoring system. The process engineers take great pride in living and working in their community, and the refinery is located near

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