Safe Operation of Acetylene Generator Systems


The European Industrial Gases Association (EIGA) has issued this publication, which is intended to provide general guidelines for the safe operation of acetylene generator systems.


It is limited to acetylene generation systems using calcium carbide added to water, known as wet generation.


The scope of the document includes:

  • The carbide supply from receipt at site to entry into the generator.

  • The generation of acetylene to the pipe leaving the generator.

  • The control of temperature via water supply into the generator.

  • The control of level via the discharge of lime out of the generator.

  • Gasholders and buffers.

The document does not include water utilities, lime handling after discharge from the generator, nor response to emergency or abnormal situations.


It is available here.


European Industrial Gases Association September 2021

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