What will I learn?
You’ll review recent experimental and theoretical research, with particular emphasis on information relating to the explosion development in obstacle-congested volumes and process vessels on confined and partially confined configurations.
How will I benefit?
With presentations from world experts in explosion, you’ll gain detailed academic knowledge of the subject and have the opportunity to practically apply what you have learned.
This course also forms part of an MSc Masters programme (full time or part time) in Fire and Explosion Engineering.
Day 1: Flammability and explosions
- Explosion stoichiometry and application to BLEVES, tank explosions and furnace explosions
- Flammability and ventilation explosion protection
- Flash point and fuel tank explosions, TWA flight disaster
- Explosion protection using inerting
- Flame reactivity assessment; burning velocities or the KG parameters
- Self-acceleration of laminar propagating flames into cellular flames and then turbulent flames. The implications for KG as a function of vessel volume. The self-acceleration of gas explosion flames in the Buncefield incident and the role of large-scale turbulence in the generation of fast flames and high overpressure
- Flame arrestors and explosion.
Day 2: Characteristics of gas and dust explosions, vent and suppression design
- Dust explosion characterisation and the influence of dust size distribution
- Explosion suppression: product, performance, system design
- Theory of venting with application to the EU vent design equation
- Explosion venting and flameless explosion venting: product, performance, vent system design
- Venting of non-compact vessels (L/D >2)
- Explosion in complex industrial situations: interconnected vessels.
Day 3: Vapour cloud explosions
- Managing explosion safety
- Hydrocarbon releases – source term considerations
- Important parameters in turbulent explosions/example problems
- Flame acceleration and transition to detonations
- The role of large-scale experiments in explaining vapour cloud explosions
- Explosion mitigation by general area water deluge.
Day 4: Blast prediction and blast response
- Blast loading identification and blast effects on structures
- Review of explosion simulation methods (TNT/Multi-Energy)
- The Congestion Assessment Method (CAM)
- A phenomenological model (SCOPE) – details and use in exceedance calculations
- Experimental scaling
- Example problems
- LNG Hazards.
Day 5: Explosion assessment: capability, validation, limitations and applications of CFD
- Explosion control based on barrier methods
- Criteria for evaluation of explosion models
- Flammable cloud volume: source term to explosion models
- The Buncefield Incident 2005
- Example problems – demonstration of CFD modelling exercises.
Who should attend?
This course is suitable for you if you’re an engineer or scientist involved in both the offshore sector and the onshore chemical process and nuclear industries. More specifically, the course will be of benefit if you’re an experienced or newly appointed:
- explosion safety consultant or engineer
- research and development scientist or engineer
- loss prevention and facilities manager
- risk and insurance assessor
- civil engineer or process plant designer
- explosion protection systems manufacturer or designer.
What our delegates say
"Strikes a balance between academic knowledge and practical application to provide a learning opportunity for a broad range of backgrounds with varying previous understanding."
"Nowhere else can you get such a wide range of presentations with world experts in explosion."
Professor Gordon Andrews, School of Chemical and Process Engineering
Dr Roth Phylaktou, Director, MSc Fire and Explosion Engineering
Industrial and academic guest speakers:
Stephen Burley, The University of Manchester
Chris Coffey, Gexcon
Ian Cowan, Atkins
Graham Dalzell, TSB Cubed
Mike Johnson, DNV GL
Jonathan Puttock, formerly Shell Research Ltd
Jef Snoeys, FIKE Corporation
Vincent Tam, Professor, DNV GL and Warwick University
This course has been approved for 32.5 continuing professional development (CPD) hours by The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE).
The Energy Institute has approved Leeds University – Faculty of Engineering -- as an Approved Training Provider.
Full five days: £1,595
Any one day: £410
Fees include: cost of tuition, course materials, lunches, light refreshments, course dinner on Monday 12 March 2018
15% discount for members of The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE)
Weetwood Hall Conference Centre and Hotel
The course will take place at the Weetwood Hall Hotel and Conference Centre, which is situated to the north of Leeds at the junction of the A660 Leeds - Skipton road and the A6120 Outer Ring Road.
Bed and breakfast accommodation is available at the course venue, Weetwood Hall Hotel and Conference Centre.
We have negotiated the following special rates per night for our delegates:
Friday – Sunday evening, bed and breakfast £83
Monday – Thursday evening, bed and breakfast £87
To take advantage of these special rates please book by contacting the hotel direct on 0113 230 6000 (Stevie Standerline), E: email@example.com. Please quote "University of Leeds CPD Unit" and the course name when contacting Weetwood Hall to book accommodation.
Please note that accommodation bookings must be made two weeks before the course commences at the latest to qualify for the special rates and to guarantee room availability. Any accommodation requests after this date will be subject to availability and rates. A list of alternative hotels is available on request. Delegates are responsible for their own evening meals except on Monday 12 March when the course dinner is included.
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