Project Description

Severity:
Minor Plant Damage
Estimated Asset Damage:
Production Time

Event Description:

During routine maintenance at a solvent manufacturing plant, a worn gasket was accidentally replaced by a smaller gasket which resulted in a gradual leak in a hydrogen pipe. The leak wasn’t picked up during testing (most likely because test duration was short) and ignited when exposed to electricity static. [1]

Preventability with DetecTape

If the facility applied DetecTape every time they replaced or adjusted pipe fittings, the tape could of alerted inspectors of a hydrogen leak. DetecTape is intended to remain in service during the life of the fitting so leaks would be more likely to be recorded and fixed before any major damage occurs.