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Hydrogen Peroxide Tank Safety
NAVAL RESEARCH LAB WASHINGTON DC
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The U.S. Coast Guard has the responsibility for regulating water transport of chemicals in U.S. ports and inland waters. In support of that responsibility, NRL has evaluated the effect of a vigorous fire on a 4,000 gallon aluminum transport container for hydrogen peroxide. Heat transfer calculations show that the bare tank would fail in about five minutes in a fire exposure but that one-inch insulation would protect the tank and contents for at least 30 minutes. Additional calculations, combined with experimental H2O2 decomposition rates, predict that the critical self-heat temperature for one-inch insulation, while lower than that for the bare tank, would be acceptable.
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