Explosions in a structure can cause significant damage to the structure and neighbouring buildings or equipment. In this course you will learn, as an engineer with basic knowledge of strength theory, how to determine the strength of structures when exposed to explosion pressure waves and how to deal with various aspects surrounding the effect of an explosion on a structure.
For typical industrial gas or dust explosions, the structural response analysis is still in its early stages. To predict the structural response to explosion pressure, the design pressure is often applied as a 'safe' approach to explosion resistance. It is sometimes argued that, because an explosion is an exceptional load, there is no need to apply usual safety margins or that, due to the very fast loading, equipment tends to be stronger.
When applying explosion venting, it is almost never checked that the external pressure does not cause damage to neighbouring equipment or buildings. As long as venting is into a safe direction and into open air, it is considered safe. Estimates of the strength of existing structures when exposed to explosion pressure waves are often much too high.
To know how to properly deal with the effect of gas and dust explosions on structures, you will learn about:
Engineers, who have a basic knowledge of structural engineering or mechanical engineering:
ir. A. Harmanny
The teacher is a civil engineer, specialized in structural engineering. Before graduating, he designed an earthquake simulator and was involved for several years in (experimental and theoretical) research on the structural response to explosions.
Interested in related courses? Take a look at our course Structural behaviour due to explosions.
|The program will be taught in English.|