International Sugar Journal

Strecker degradation, an unknown phenomenon? [Full subscriber]

On 1 November 2003, an explosion occurred in the sugar house of Puttershoek sugar factory (Suiker Unie, The Netherlands). Because the cause of the incident was not immediately known, but seemed to be a result of Strecker degradation in combination with ‘runaway behavior’ (uncontrolled reaction), a literature study was begun. Only a few reports about incidents in beet sugar manufacture were found. Suiker Unie wanted to take measures to avoid such incidents in the future and so began research to obtain parameters in order to make a quantitative analysis of the risk potential as result of this kind of ‘runaway…

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