Reactive Chemicals

Exponent engineers and scientists have significant experience in evaluating reactive chemical hazards for a wide variety of industrial, commercial, and residential applications. For more than 50 years, we have investigated thousands of incidents, ranging from large explosions or detonations caused by a runaway chemical reaction, to small fires caused by the self heating of oil-soaked rags stored in a manner that allowed trapped heat to accumulate. Results of our research and investigations are frequently published or presented in peer-reviewed journals and technical symposia, including the Loss Prevention Symposium sponsored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) and the Mary Kay O’Conner Process Safety Center at the Texas A&M University.

Exponent also conducts audits of chemical and industrial processes, and offers design review and chemical analysis of consumer products and equipment to determine compliance with applicable United Nations (UN), U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and other federal and state regulations. We also assist our clients in developing appropriate risk management, mitigation, and hazard communication strategies.

Our skill set integrates the latest analytical, numerical, and experimental techniques and includes expertise in the following areas:

  • Reactive chemical hazard analysis 
  • Chemical compatibility studies 
  • Chemical kinetics evaluation 
  • Chemical instability studies 
  • Risk assessment 
  • Process Hazards Analysis (PHA) 
  • Ignition modeling 
  • Calorimetric studies 
  • Self heating evaluation and analysis 
  • State and federal code compliance and evaluation 
  • Analysis of transportation and storage regulations 
  • Hazardous waste disposal 
  • Review and interpretation of chemical purity analysis 
  • Review and development of EPA-mandated Risk Management Programs (RMPs)



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