Project Description

Hydrogen Fire
Estimated Asset Damage:
Property Damage

Event Description

Before welding, a contractor noticed a flame coming from a hydrogen pipe that was did not appear to be in use within the aircraft manufacturing plant. Despite several attempts to extinguish the fire,  it grew larger and led to a factory shut down and all production stopped.  [3]

Preventability with DetecTape

In industries with a small margin for error like aerospace, having hydrogen lines (regardless of their use) wrapped in DetecTape could have indicated to the welding contractor that a leak existed. This potentially could have prevented the extreme risk of an open flame in the facility and reduced production time lost.