The hydrogen economy is not possible if the safety standards currently applied to liquid hydrogen and hydrogen gas by many laboratories are applied to devices that use either liquid or gaseous hydrogen. Methane and propane are commonly used by ordinary people without the special training. This report asks, "How is hydrogen different from flammable gasses that are commonly being used all over the world?" This report compares the properties of hydrogen, methane and propane and how these properties may relate to safety when they are used in both the liquid and gaseous state. Through such an analysis, sensible safety standards for the large-scale (or even small-scale) use of liquid and gaseous hydrogen systems can be developed. This paper is meant to promote discussion of issues related to hydrogen safety so that engineers designing equipment can factor sensible safety standards into their designs.
Times Cited: 2 Cryogenic Engineering Conference 2005 Aug 29-sep 02, 2005 Keystone, CO US DOE, Off High Energy Phys; Fermi Natl Accele Lab; Los Alamos Natl Lab; Off Naval Res & Naval Res Lab; Oak Ridge Natl Lab 2