Department of Bioelectromagmetism - Projects

A method of detecting electrostatic discharge in the working environment for preventing ignition of potentially explosive atmospheres

Project manager: Zygmunt Grabarczyk Ph.D. (Eng.)

Project summary:

The aim of the project was to investigate the possibility of using impulse electromagnetic emission that takes place during electrostatic discharge (ESD) to detect and locate it. The use of this method in workplaces in which there are explosive atmospheres and materials would make early detection of explosion initiated by ESD possible, it would make a post-factum analysis of the causes of the explosion easier.Within this project methods of detecting ESD were analysed and the method for carrying out this project was selected. A model of a radioelectronic measurement device for detecting and locating ESD was designed, produced and tested. Then the efficiency of the model of the system was tested in the working environment; the practicality of the method was assessed. The ability to locate ESD and calibration were tested in a laboratory; detection of ESD in an industrial environment was tested.The project resulted in a model of a new device assisting in an assessment of occupational risk related to the possibility of ignition of explosive atmospheres by ESD.

Unit: Department of Bioelectromagmetism

Duration: 01.01.2008 – 31.12.2010