Advanced Analysis announces the release of exploCFD7   27-04-2020


04-27-2020 exploCFD7 Released.


Advanced Analysis announces the release of exploCFD7. The new release significantly expands the explosion case modelling  capability of exploCFD to include new several new features. The software features  the world's most detailed capability to model BLEVE (Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapour Explosion)  cases which are a potentially catastrophic category of explosions of great concern  to a large number of  Major Hazard Facility Operators as well as some storage facilities.


A BLEVE occurs when pressurised liquid in a vessel is suddenly released into an environment at a P-T point above its boiling P-T curve. The release is due to the failure of the vessel brought on by very high  temperature loads for example from a jet fire impinging on the vessel or a large pool fire which attacks the structural integrity of the vessel.  


The new version of the software also has dust cloud explosion modellng which is also a high consequence category of events   and explosive charge modelling capabilities which are capable of modelling high energy explosives such as Ammonium Nitrate and IEDs.


Revolutionary New CFD Tool

  • 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

  • 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 1D 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 plot plan PDF 

  • No need for time consuming geometry build from scratch. 

  • More accurate than 1D models, easier to sent 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] M Abdel‐Jawad CSC coupled Graham Kenney source term for hybrid models of BLEVE events: Formulation, implementation and validation

Process Safety Progress, e12247

[2] M Abdel‐Jawad Validation of BLEVE events using the hybrid code exploCFD

M Abdel‐Jawad Process Safety Progress, e12208

[3] M. Abdel-Jawad, P. Brady, Mihai Ermaliuc, Damian McGuckin Validating a Fast Hybrid Method for Modelling Explosions NAFEMS 2019 CANADA

[4]  Albring, T., M. Sagebaum, and N.R. Gauger, (2016) Efficient Aerodynamic Design using the Discrete Adjoint Method in SU2, in 17th AIAA/ISSMO Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference, AIAA: Washington, D.C., U.S.A.

[5]  Ahrens J, Geveci B, Law C (2015) ParaView: An End-User Tool for Large Data Visualization LA-UR-03-1560 Los Alamos National Laboratory, ParaView., Kitware Inc: New York, NY, U.S.A.

[6]  BG Technology, Explosions in Full Scale Offshore Model Geometries, in Offshore Technology Reports. 2000, Health and Safety Executive: Merseyside, United Kingdom.

[7]  Economon, T.D., (2018),Simulation and Adjoint-based Design for Variable Density Incompressible Flows with Heat Transfer, in 2018 Multidisciplinary Analysis and Optimization Conference. AIAA: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.

[8]  Economon, T.D.,, Dheevatsa Mudigere, Gaurav Bansal, Alexander Heinecked, Francisco Palaciose, Jongsoo Park, Mikhail Smelyanskiy, Juan  J.Alonso, PradeepDubey, (2016) , Performance optimizations for scalable implicit RANS calculations with SU2. Computers and Fluids, 2016. 129.

[9]  Economon, T.D., Francisco Palacios, Sean R. Copeland,  Trent W. Lukaczyk, Juan J. Alonso (2016) SU2: An Open-Source Suite for Multiphysics Simulation and Design. AIAA Journal, 2016. 54(3): p. 828-846.

[10]  Eggen, J.B.M.M., (1998), GAME: development of guidance for the application of the multi-energy method., TNO Prins Maurits Laboratory: Rijswijk, Netherlands.

[11]  Evans, J.A., R. Exon, and D.M. Johnson, The Repeatability of Large Scale Explosion Experiments, in Offshore Technology Reports. 1999, Health and Safety Executive: Merseyside, United Kingdom.

[12]  Li, J., M. Abdel-jawad, and G. Ma, (2014), New correlation for vapor cloud explosion overpressure calculation at congested configurations. Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, (2014). 31: p. 16-25.

[13]  Pini M., S. Vitale, P. Colonna, G. Gori, A. Guardone , T. Economon , J.J. Alonso and F. Palacios, (2017), SU2:  the Open-Source Software for Non-ideal Compressible Flows, in 1st International Seminar on Non-Ideal Compressible-Fluid Dynamics for Propulsion & Power. IOP Publishing: Vila Monastero, Varenna, Italy.

[14]  Vandenberg, A. C. (1985). The multi-energy method e a framework for vapor cloud explosion blast prediction. Journal of Hazardous Materials, 12(1),  .

[15]  van Wingerden, K., Hansen, O. R., & Foisselon, P. (1999). Predicting blast overpressures  caused by vapor cloud explosions in the vicinity of control rooms. Process Safety Progress, 18(1), 17e24.

[16]   G Ma, J Li, M Abdel-jawad   Accuracy improvement in evaluation of gas explosion overpressures in congestions with safety gaps  - Journal of Loss Prevention in the Process Industries, 2014

[17] J Li, G Ma, M Abdel-jawad, 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 40, 304-316 9 2016  

 [18] Evaluation of gas explosion overpressures at configurations with irregularly arranged obstacles J Li, G Ma, M Abdel-jawad, H Hao Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities 29 (5), B4014003 7 2014   




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