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Design Load Measures for Vapor Cloud Explosion on Complex Systems: Review and Recommendations

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Maryam Mortazavi, YeongAe Heo, Yue Li

Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH

Paper No. OMAE2017-61862, pp. V03BT02A022; 6 pages
  • ASME 2017 36th International Conference on Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering
  • Volume 3B: Structures, Safety and Reliability
  • Trondheim, Norway, June 25–30, 2017
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5766-3
  • Copyright © 2017 by ASME


A hydrocarbon Vapor Cloud Explosion (VCE) is one of critical hazardous events in offshore installations. Once VCE occurs in the ocean, it results in tremendous economic loss, casualties, and environmental impact. The combustion mechanism of VCE differs from HE in particular in complex geometries (e.g. offshore oil and gas production facilities) as there exist many objects which can trigger severe turbulences. Although many research efforts have been made to develop design provisions for blast resistant structures, most of those provisions are based on high-order explosives (HE) such as TNT (TriNiTrotoluene) in a free field. Therefore, typical blast resistant structural design standards were examined to address the weaknesses of standards in this study. Existing blast wave models which provide key design load parameters were also reviewed to address limitations of each approach. Finally, essential recommendations are discussed in this paper for future studies to improve blast resistant structural design provisions with the ultimate aim of protecting our lives, assets and environment from VCE in the ocean.

Copyright © 2017 by ASME



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