During a course in the third semester in Gent, called Explosions and Industrial Fire Safety, we had a visit into two companies; Adinex and Fike.
The explosions safety course is given by a professor from Adinex which is one of the most important companies in this field. The course gives the basic knowledge of shock waves and the properties of different hazardous materials. In addition, information about basic standards for industry is included.
In the morning of the visit day, a bus took us from Gent. The journey took more than an hour to the company, Adinex, near Antwerp. We got into there and had coffee before starting a session about explosions’ types along with some explaining experiments.
After the short session, the professor showed us a number of tests using the equipment in the company. For example, He did a test to show how gas explosion passes through pipes. In addition, a number of dust explosions were performed inside tight equipment.
Then, we were invited to a nearby restaurant to have lunch. To be honest the food was great and the restaurant’s style is nice.
After Lunch, we went to another company called Fike, which manufactures a number of protection products like containment devices and Relief vents. A short presentation about the company was given then we moved to the lab to test bursting discs which are a type of relief vents.
Then, the manager guided us in a tour inside the company to illustrate the different types of products produced in it. A number of state-of-the-art machines are used in the production line to insure the high reliance of safety products.
After this long enjoyable day, we took the bus again and headed back to Gent to continue our theoretical classes before having additional visits in other courses.