“That afternoon, during the restart of a gasoline octane boosting sub-unit, highly explosive hydrocarbons shot like a geyser out of an environmental safety system called a blowdown stack.”
“The explosion at the Texas City plant occurred after a piece of equipment called a blowdown drum overfilled with highly flammable liquid hydrocarbons.”
“An outdated pressure release system called a blowdown stack was at the heart of the failures that led to the blasts in 2005.”
“Prevailing winds alter distribution and morphology of tree species at higher elevations, while periodic "blowdown" events can topple several hundred hectares of mature forest at a time.”
“After MECO-2, a "blowdown" of the Centaur's propellant tanks and a burn off of any leftover hydrazine will take place.”
“I skirted the blowdown, only to come right up to the pulled-down cable on the other side.”
“The first time, I was coming off the river, and this cable was under a thick pile of blowdown on the bank.”
“Recent storms showed how destructive and expensive the blowdown can be.”
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