March 2011

Bonus Report: Plant Safety

Consider new design criteria equipment modules

Construction offers cost-effective protection of critical systems

Cole, D., Austin, D., Lectrus Corp.

The January 2011 HP article, “Considerations for blast-resistant electrical equipment centers,” focused on the history, background and key considerations of blast-resistant modules (BRMs) and blast-resistant electrical equipment centers (BRECs), designed to protect personnel and vital electrical controls, respectively. The article outlined the benefits of utilizing protective shelters at hydrocarbon processing industry (HPI) plants. The premise for greater concern with regard to both personnel and process safety was established. Whereas the discussion gave light to both shelter types, this article focuses specifically on the detailed aspects of BRECs: design, construction, analysi

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