Gas, Vapour and Dust Explosion Hazards, Protection, Mitigation and Prediction

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.

The 2020 course programme and leaflet will be available approximately 3 months prior to the course. However, you can view and download the 2019 course details for further information by clicking the course leaflet and course programme link.

Day 1: Fire, flammability and explosions

  • Fundamentals and stochiometry
  • Flammability limits
  • Controlling explosion risks in enclosures
  • Flame arrestors and explosion isolation barriers
  • Laminar and turbulent combustion

Day 2: Characteristics of gas and dust explosions, vent and suppression protection design

  • Dust explosion characterisation and the influence of dust size distribution
  • industrial explosion suppression systems
  • Gas explosion venting theory and design standards, including hydrogen explosion venting
  • Flameless explosion venting: product, performance, vent system design examples and case studies
  • Vent ducts, large L/D venting and interconnected vessel explosions

Day 3: Vapour cloud explosions

  • Managing explosion risks
  • Important parameters in turbulent explosions
  • The role of large-scale experiments in explaining vapour cloud explosions
  • Explosion mitigation by general area water deluge
  • Flame acceleration and transition to detonation (hydrogen and other reactive gases)

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
  • EXSIM and PDRFoam
  • Experimental scaling
  • Example problems

Day 5: Explosion assessment: capability, validation, limitations and applications of CFD

  • Barrier methods for explosion control
  • Explosion model evaluation
  • Simplified flammable gas volume methods for gas explosion modelling from pressurised gas release
  • The Buncefield Incident 2005 - explosion mechanism
  • Example problems – demonstration of CFD modelling exercises

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.

"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."

Course Directors:

Professor Gordon Andrews, School of Chemical and Process Engineering

Dr Roth Phylaktou, School of Chemical and Process Engineering

This course has been approved for 33 continuing professional development (CPD) hours by The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE).

Course fees:

Full five days: £TBC

Any one day: £TBC

Fees include: cost of tuition, course materials, lunches, light refreshments, course dinner on (date TBC)

15% discount for members of The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE)

Weetwood Hall Conference Centre and Hotel
Otley Road
LS16 5PS


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.

The hotel accommodation preferential rates have now expired, any accommodation requests should be made direct with the hotel and will be subject to availability and rates.​​

+ 44 (0)113 343 8104

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