Explosion Course: Fundamentals, Modelling and Accident Investigations  

What they don't teach you at university : the most advanced explosion modelling course:
Understand industrial accidents resulting in explosions : How they occur, how they escalate , how to investigate accidents involving fires and explosions and how to model the consequences using analytical methods and CFD. 
Delivered by Dr. Madhat Abdel-jawad : one of the world's leading experts on the topic

Fires and Explosions

Combustion in fires and explosions.  The effect of walls (confinement) on explosions of pipes and pipe racks (congestion).

Toxic and flammable releases and dispersion , Dispersion, Fires and ExplosionsPotential leak sources, Process streams, High and low momentum releases, Phase transition, Ventilation, Congestion and confinement, Modelling examples, Statistics

Risk and Consequence 

The wind rose, The release probability, Ignition Probability, Time dependent ignition probability, exceedence curves, Risk Contours, QRA, Parts Counts

Both Sides of the Bowtie: Prevention and Mitigation 

Methods for, and effects of, increased and reduced Ventilation, Equipment and spatial distribution, Maintenance and procedures, Inventory segmentation, ignition control. Fire and gas detection systemsESD and blowdown, relief valves and frangible roofs, Deluge, Escalation: Loading on equipment and piping, Passive fire protection. Escalation.

Accidents and Accident Investigations: Part 1

Crucial steps in the investigation of Fire and Explosion Accidents. What to look for. How to do it.    NFPA 921

Accidents and Accident Investigations: Part 2

Two to three case studies will be discussed in detail. Calculations Workshop.

Ignition Sources 

Hot Surfaces Flames mecahnical sparks and friction electrostatic charge generation accumulation and discharge 


Structural Response

Quick Methods to calculate the overpressures acting on, and the internal stresses acting in walls, structures and buildings. 

Explosion Consequence Analysis

Calculate explosion overpressures for the Buncefield Explosion using MEM and Computational Fluid Dynamics  

Key Learning Points



• Refresh Understanding of accident chain of events and important parameters affecting gas release and dispersion and basics of VCE

 • In depth understanding of dispersion and explosion modelling techniques that may be applied and understand the importance of using advance 3D

modeling for fire and gas explosion analyses

• Review the fire and gas system design methods and guidelines that are currently available including their strengths and limitations

• Understand the details of quantitative consequences analysis and how it is employed in performance-based fire and gas system engineering

• Analyze the impact on overall risk of consequence scenarios and the beneficial effect of fire and gas systems using consequence integration

• Understand the impact of mitigating the consequences of fire and gas release events on the overall process plant risk and the difference between prevention and mitigation


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