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The SAIMechE Central Branch Committee and Chairperson invites you to a technical presentation, by Paul Meanwell, on "Explosion Prevention Technology".

When: 2019/02/21
17h45 for 18h00
Where: ECSA Boardrooms
1st Floor Waterview Corner
2 Ernest Oppenheimer Avenue
Bruma Lake Office Park 2198
South Africa
Contact: Jenny Fuller

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SAIMechE Central Branch Techno Dinner

"Explosion Prevention Technology"

The SAIMechE Central Branch Committee and Chairperson invites you to a technical presentation on "Explosion Prevention Technology", presented by Mr Paul Meanwell.


For decades, equipment for use in potentially explosive atmospheres has been the subject of strict legislation the world over, to prevent the risk of electrically generated sparks and hot surfaces from igniting flammable gasses and dusts. This legislation and the industry that supports it has been very successful in limiting such ignitions from electrical sources and the focus has now switched to ignition risk from non-electrical equipment. Statistics show that more explosions are caused by mechanical initiators than from electrical ones, and in 2016 three ISO/IEC standards were published that set the requirements for prevention of ignition of flammable gasses and dusts by non-electrical sources. These standards are rapidly gaining traction around the world with some areas already legislating their use and it is only a matter of time before South Africa will need to comply with at least some parts of these standards. This presentation is intended to explain the basics of explosion prevention technology and the impact of these new standards on the mechanical engineering profession, from concept through design and the practical use of mechanical technology in explosive atmospheres.

About Paul: Paul has worked in the coal mining industry since leaving school in the UK at the age of 16, starting  with an electrical apprenticeship. He moved to South Africa in 1984 after being recruited by Gencor, and has held various engineering positions in the mining industry with both producers and suppliers. Presently he is an Engineering Manager with Komatsu Mining Corporation. Paul specialises in explosion prevention technology involving equipment and services designed for use in hazardous (explosive) atmospheres and is the current President of the South African Flameproof Association. Paul is also the chair of the South African National Committee for IECEx, the International Electrotechnical Commission Conformity Assessment System for hazardous areas, as well as the chair of the National Mirror Committee for IEC TC31 (Explosive Atmospheres). He is the chair of SABS TC065, Explosive Prevention and sits on the South African National Committee for IEC (SANC) and a number of SABS working groups. Paul is also involved in the work of AFSEC, the African Electrotechnical Standardisation Commission. 

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