Analysis of the release of a flammable substance in a rail tanker parking area

2016 / Fire prevention engineering and fire prevention / Forensic engineering

In the event of the release of a flammable substance, it is crucial, in order to avoid escalation towards a major accident, that the release or fire be identified as quickly as possible. This goal can only be achieved with a sensor system that constantly monitors the critical areas of the system and notifies the accident or triggers the safety systems automatically. The purpose of the study was to identify the reference accident hypotheses and the main associated scenarios in order to determine how the cloud of a flammable gas propagates over time following release from a parked rail tanker, to draw useful considerations for the installation. of a gas detection system. Gas dispersion was investigated using PHAST 8.23 (DNV) software.

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