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Transform Process Safety with exploCFD
The Ultimate Consequence Analysis Tool

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Welcome to exploCFD

exploCFD is an award-winning and innovative software designed to revolutionise explosion consequence analysis in industrial processes and designs. Recognized as the winner of the prestigious Process Safety category at the IChemE Global Awards 2020, exploCFD stands out for its exceptional capabilities and groundbreaking hybrid analytical-numerical approach.

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At its core, exploCFD empowers analysts and operators with a comprehensive understanding of the detailed risks present within their sites. By accurately evaluating potential explosion scenarios, this cutting-edge application enables users to identify and mitigate unacceptable consequences proactively. With exploCFD, decision-makers gain valuable insights into which buildings require strengthening, strategic relocation plans, and precise risk assessment methodologies.

What sets exploCFD apart is its ability to deliver fast and accurate results, making it a time-efficient solution for industry professionals. Through its innovative approach, exploCFD takes into account critical obstacles such as walls, buildings, and pipes ensuring that consequence calculations encompass all essential elements, resulting in highly reliable and precise outcomes.

Whether it's assessing flammable and toxic releases, gas explosions, dust explosions, or the detonation of high explosives like TNT and Ammonium Nitrate, exploCFD excels in simulating severe consequence scenarios. Its advanced algorithms and rigorous validation processes instill confidence in its performance, giving users the assurance they need to make informed decisions.

In today's highly competitive environment, overestimating or underestimating consequences can have significant financial and safety implications. exploCFD addresses this challenge by providing an indispensable tool that strikes the ideal balance between accurate estimation and efficient resource allocation.

With exploCFD, you can trust that your explosion hazard analysis is taken to new heights. This groundbreaking application unlocks a realm of possibilities, ensuring optimal safety measures, risk management strategies, and ultimately, safeguarding lives and assets. Experience the future of explosion consequence calculation with exploCFD - the innovation that redefines industry standards.

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The fastest, easiest-to-use and most cost-effective consequence analysis software currently available

Gas Explosion using exploCFD

Gas Explosion

exploCFD is one of the easiest-to-use consequence analysis tools for explosion modelling

Detailed Wall Overpressure

Confined spaces and detailed wall overpressures are simulated in a fast, reliable and repeatable manner, displaying the superiority of exploCFD

Detailed Wall Overpressure exploCFD
Hydrogen Validation in exploCFD

Hydrogen Validation Cases

exploCFD is the only process safety consequence analysis tool that allows you to run your own validation scenarios

Battery Energy Storage System

Li-ion batteries are occasionally prone to failure, releasing toxic and flammable gases. exploCFD can model jet fires and overpressures from a developing internal explosion 

BESS in exploCFD
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Learn
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exploCFD Tutorial 1

exploCFD Tutorial 1: Setting up exploCFD

exploCFD Tutorial 3

exploCFD Tutorial 3: Setting up the gas parameters a gas explosion and running the simulation

exploCFD Tutorial 5

exploCFD Tutorial 5: Setting up a dust explosion

exploCFD Tutorial 7

exploCFD Tutorial 7: How to carry out a BLEVE calculation using exploCFD

exploCFD Tutorial 2

exploCFD Tutorial 2: Importing a PDF plot plan, setting the scale and resolution

exploCFD Tutorial 4

exploCFD Tutorial 4: Visualizing the results

exploCFD Tutorial 6

exploCFD Tutorial 6: Calculating impulse from an explosion using Paraview

exploCFD Tutorial 8

exploCFD Tutorial 8: Simple explosion behind a wall tutorial

Explore the Possibilites with 
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Overview of exploCFD

Overview of exploCFD

Underground Mine Blast Dynamics Using exploCFD

Underground Mine Blast Dynamics Using exploCFD

Risk Based Fire and Gas Detector Study Methodology

Methodology for Risk-Based Fire and Gas Detection Analysis using exploCFD

exploCFD Blast Wall Analysis

exploCFD is designed to provide quick, accurate answers to complex explosion problems

exploCFD Mine Explosion
Fire and Gas Detection

Mine explosion modelling using exploCFD

exploCFD Fire and Gas detection study simulation setup in 3 min and 18 sec. The simulation time is 25 min on a standard laptop

exploCFD Probits Demo

exploCFD results will calculate Toxic Probit

exploCFD Hybrid Method

Short overview exploCFD Hybrid Method

Beirut Explosion

A virtual accident investigation into the Beirut Ammonium Nitrate explosion using exploCFD

Showcasing exploCFD

Vortices Simulation

Vortices Simulation Using exploCFD

Dust Explosion Simulation

Dust Explosion Simulation Using exploCFD

exploCFD Accident Investigation Counterintuitive Tree Damage

exploCFD detonation of high explosives

exploCFD Ammonia

exploCFD ammonia accidental release

exploCFD Rocket

exploCFD good enough for a rocket

exploCFD Imperial College

Imperial College Lecture Modelling the Buncefield explosion on exploCFD

exploCFD Mounding

exploCFD different mounding approaches

exploCFD Quick Dispersion Setup

Setting up a complete dispersion calculation in 5 minutes and 16 seconds using exploCFD

exploCFD BLEVE

exploCFD has the world's most detailed capability to model BLEVE - prevent before you regret

Pricing and Features of exploCFD

US$ 15,000/year

exclusive of taxes

Annual subscription with recurring annual billing.

Installed on your PC.

License is valid for one user only.

All current features and access to updated versions as, and when, they are released.

Prices are subject to change without notice.

Features of exploCFD version 9
  • Toxic and flammable dispersion

  • Gas and dust explosions, now including Baker-Strehlow model

  • Fire modelling

  • Fire and gas mapping and detection

  • BLEVE (the most advanced model in the world)

  • Mine/Tunnel explosions

  • Explosive charge (TNT) and Ammonium Nitrate explosions

  • Vessel rupture

  • Arc and transformer explosions

  • Overpressure in confined areas

  • Hydrogen leaks and explosions

  • Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) 

  • Extensive web-based training on the installation and use of the software

  • Full specifications with one easy yearly payment

  • Access to future updated versions when released - no additional costs

  • Year-round technical support

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US$ 990/week

exclusive of taxes

Features of exploCFD version 9
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One-week, one-time trial subscription to solve small, simple problems.

Installed on your PC.

License is valid for one user only.

All current features and access to updated versions as, and when, they are released.

Prices are subject to change without notice.

  • Toxic and flammable dispersion

  • Gas and dust explosions, now including Baker-Strehlow model

  • Fire modelling

  • Fire and gas mapping and detection

  • BLEVE (the most advanced model in the world)

  • Mine/Tunnel explosions

  • Explosive charge (TNT) and Ammonium Nitrate explosions

  • Vessel rupture

  • Arc and transformer explosions

  • Overpressure in confined areas

  • Hydrogen leaks and explosions

  • Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) 

  • Extensive web-based training on the installation and use of the software

  • Full specifications with one easy payment

  • Access to future updated versions when released - no additional costs

US$ 3,000/month

exclusive of taxes

Features of exploCFD version 9
exploCFD logo
  • Toxic and flammable dispersion

  • Gas and dust explosions, now including Baker-Strehlow model

  • Fire modelling

  • Fire and gas mapping and detection

  • BLEVE (the most advanced model in the world)

  • Mine/Tunnel explosions

  • Explosive charge (TNT) and Ammonium Nitrate explosions

  • Vessel rupture

  • Arc and transformer explosions

  • Overpressure in confined areas

  • Hydrogen leaks and explosions

  • Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) 

  • Extensive web-based training on the installation and use of the software

  • Full specifications with one easy payment

  • Access to future updated versions when released - no additional costs

Monthly subscription with recurring monthly billing.

Installed on your PC.

License is valid for one user only.

All current features and access to updated versions as, and when, they are released.

Prices are subject to change without notice.

US$ 30,000/permanent license + US$ 5,000/year maintenance

exclusive of taxes

One-time purchase with a perpetual license and a low yearly maintenance fee. 

Installed on your PC.

All current features and access to updated versions as, and when, they are released.

Prices are subject to change without notice.

Features of exploCFD version 9
exploCFD logo
  • Toxic and flammable dispersion

  • Gas and dust explosions, now including Baker-Strehlow model

  • Fire modelling

  • Fire and gas mapping and detection

  • BLEVE (the most advanced model in the world)

  • Mine/Tunnel explosions

  • Explosive charge (TNT) and Ammonium Nitrate explosions

  • Vessel rupture

  • Arc and transformer explosions

  • Overpressure in confined areas

  • Hydrogen leaks and explosions

  • Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) 

  • Extensive web-based training on the installation and use of the software

  • Full specifications with one easy payment

  • Access to future updated versions when released - no additional costs

  • Year-round technical support

exploCFD User Manual

Download exploCFD comprehensive user manual to gain in-depth insights into exploCFD's features, workflows, and best practices. Whether you are a beginner or an experienced analyst, the manual provides step-by-step guidance for harnessing the full potential of exploCFD.

Key Attributes of exploCFD

Unparalleled Speed

Experience lightning-fast simulations and results with exploCFD. Its advanced algorithms and optimized calculations enable rapid analysis, saving valuable time and resources.

Pinpoint Accuracy

Trust in the precision and reliability of exploCFD. The software utilizes state-of-the-art models and techniques to deliver accurate and consistent simulation outcomes, allowing data-driven decisions with confidence.

User-Friendly Interface

Say goodbye to complexity and steep learning curves. exploCFD is designed with user-friendliness in mind, making it accessible to both seasoned professionals and those new to consequence analysis software.

Comprehensive Consequence Analysis 

From flammable releases to toxic events and detonation scenarios, exploCFD covers a wide range of consequence analysis applications. It empowers users to assess risks, predict over-pressures, and evaluate safety measures across industrial facilities.

 

Cost-Effective Solution

Achieve outstanding results without breaking the bank. exploCFD offers a cost-effective alternative to expensive process safety software, without compromising on performance or accuracy.

Industry Recognition

Join a growing community of satisfied end users who have harnessed the power of exploCFD. The software has garnered acclaim within the process safety industry for its capabilities and is trusted by professionals worldwide.
IChemE Process Safety Global Awards 2020

Revolutionary CFD Tool - Safety Hazards Sectors

  • Revolutionary consequence analysis tool for explosion modelling and one of the easiest-to-use

  • Reads in a plot plan and recognises its features to construct the geometry - No geometry construction necessary 

  • Models gas explosions, BLEVE, dust explosions and explosive charges, as well as, high explosives, such as TNT or AN

  • Rapid accurate 2-D CFD solver 

  • Continuous development based on expert consultants' feedback

  • Worldwide technical support and training

In order to make the appropriate decisions for a facility with major or significant explosion hazards, you need accurate quantification of overpressure magnitudes and distributions, which are not afforded by crude 1-D radial models. exploCFD enables you to accurately assess explosion hazards rapidly and accurately.

 

Benefits of exploCFD for explosion analysis

  • Extensively validated models with over 3500 cases with realistic geometries  

  • Easy to use, rapid problem setup using vector plot plan PDF 

  • No need for time consuming geometry build from scratch 

  • More accurate than 1-D models and easier to set up

  • Assess diverse hazards - assess a wide range of flammable and toxic hazards

  • User friendly - intuitive GUI and easy to access results      

Methodology and validation papers exploCFD and SU2

[1] J. F. Roos and M. Abdel-jawad, ‘Enhancing flammable gas dispersion and explosion prediction: A novel hybrid analytical-numerical approach with exploCFD’, Process Safety and Environmental Protection, vol. 181, pp. 523–534, Jan. 2024, doi: 10.1016/j.psep.2023.11.051.

[2] M. Abdel-Jawad, ‘Validation of BLEVE events using the hybrid code exploCFD’, Process Safety Progress, vol. 40, no. 2, p. e12208, Jun. 2021, doi: 10.1002/prs.12208.

[3] M. Abdel-Jawad, ‘CSC coupled Graham Kenney source term for hybrid models of BLEVE events: Formulation, implementation and validation’, Process Safety Progress, vol. 40, no. 4, pp. 281–288, Dec. 2021, doi: 10.1002/prs.12247.

[4] M. Abdel-jawad, P. Brady, M. Ermaliuc, and D. McGuckin, ‘Validating a Fast Hybrid Method for Modelling Explosions’, presented at the NAFEMS World Congress, Quebec, Canada, 2019.

[5] T. D. Economon, ‘Simulation and Adjoint-based Design for Variable Density Incompressible Flows with Heat Transfer’, in 2018 Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, Atlanta, Georgia: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Jun. 2018. doi: 10.2514/6.2018-3111.

[6] M. Pini et al., ‘SU2: the Open-Source Software for Non-ideal Compressible Flows’, J. Phys.: Conf. Ser., vol. 821, p. 012013, Mar. 2017, doi: 10.1088/1742-6596/821/1/012013.

[7] J. Li, G. Ma, M. Abdel-jawad, and Y. Huang, ‘Gas dispersion risk analysis of safety gap effect on the innovating FLNG vessel with a cylindrical platform’, Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, vol. 40, pp. 304–316, Mar. 2016, doi: 10.1016/j.jlp.2016.01.005.

[8] T. D. Economon, F. Palacios, S. R. Copeland, T. W. Lukaczyk, and J. J. Alonso, ‘SU2: An Open-Source Suite for Multiphysics Simulation and Design’, AIAA Journal, vol. 54, no. 3, pp. 828–846, Mar. 2016, doi: 10.2514/1.J053813.

[9] T. D. Economon et al., ‘Performance optimizations for scalable implicit RANS calculations with SU2’, Computers & Fluids, vol. 129, pp. 146–158, 2016, doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.compfluid.2016.02.003.

[10] T. A. Albring, M. Sagebaum, and N. R. Gauger, ‘Efficient Aerodynamic Design using the Discrete Adjoint Method in SU2’, in 17th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, Washington, D.C.: American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Jun. 2016. doi: 10.2514/6.2016-3518.

[11] J. Li, G. Ma, M. Abdel-jawad, and H. Hao, ‘Evaluation of Gas Explosion Overpressures at Configurations with Irregularly Arranged Obstacles’, J. Perform. Constr. Facil., vol. 29, no. 5, Oct. 2015, doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)CF.1943-5509.0000678.

[12] G. Ma, J. Li, and M. Abdel-jawad, ‘Accuracy improvement in evaluation of gas explosion overpressures in congestions with safety gaps’, Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, vol. 32, pp. 358–366, Nov. 2014, doi: 10.1016/j.jlp.2014.10.007.

[13] J. Li, M. Abdel-jawad, and G. Ma, ‘New correlation for vapor cloud explosion overpressure calculation at congested configurations’, Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, vol. 31, pp. 16–25, 2014, doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jlp.2014.05.013.

[14] J. Ahrens, B. Geveci, and C. Law, ‘ParaView: An End-User Tool for Large-Data Visualization’, in The Visualization Handbook, 2005.

[15] BG Technology, ‘Explosions in Full Scale Offshore Model Geometries’, Health and Safety Executive, Merseyside, United Kingdom, 2000.

[16] K. Van Wingerden, O. R. Hansen, and P. Foisselon, ‘Predicting blast overpressures caused by vapor cloud explosions in the vicinity of control rooms’, Proc. Safety Prog., vol. 18, no. 1, pp. 17–24, 1999, doi: 10.1002/prs.680180105.

[17] J. A. Evans, R. Exon, and D. M. Johnson, ‘The Repeatability of Large Scale Explosion Experiments, in Offshore Technology Reports.’, Health and Safety Executive, 1999.

[18] Eggen, J. B. M. M., ‘GAME: Development of guidance for the application of the multi-energy method’, TNO report PML 1995-C44, 1995.

[19] A. Berg, ‘The multi-energy method : A framework for vapour cloud explosion blast prediction’, Journal of Hazardous Materials, vol. 12, pp. 1–10, 1985.

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