Flame Arrester

Published: | Updated: March 26, 2018

Definition - What does Flame Arrester mean?

A flame arrester is a device that forces a flame through a channel that's too small to allow it burn, thus extinguishing it. Flame arresters are used to stop the spread of fire, limit the impact of an explosive event or confine a fire. They are commonly used on fuel storage tanks, fuel gas pipelines, storage cabinets for flammable materials and the exhaust systems on internal combustion engines.

A flame arrester may also be known as a deflagration arrester or a flame trap.

Safeopedia explains Flame Arrester

Flame arresters should only be used in the way in which they were designed, and should be inspected for dirt, insects or corrosion.

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