Structural behaviour due to explosions

€ 1.150 excl. VAT
2 days
In English on request

Tijdens deze cursus leer je de sterkte van constructies te bepalen bij blootstelling aan explosies, en hoe je omgaat met de effecten in de omgeving, voornamelijk de drukuitwerking op gebouwen.

Handling the effect of an explosion in an industrial or civil environment

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. These arguments are investigated thoroughly during the course.

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 buildings when exposed to explosion pressure waves are often much too high.

Professional handling of the effect of explosions on structures

To know how to properly deal with the effect of gas and dust explosions on structures, you will learn about:

  • Dynamics of structures focused on explosion response, material behaviour and consequences
  • Strength calculations beyond the elastic limit, so taking into account plastic deformations
  • Estimating failure limits of structures
  • Cylindrical vessels: the general design formula is presented, including buckling
  • Explosive effects on buildings: predicting effect with reliable empirical data
  • Methods to estimate the strength of industrial buildings
  • Installation of explosion venting and environmental effects (safety)
  • Practical applications of the theory

Intended for

Engineers, who have a basic knowledge of structural engineering or mechanical engineering:

  • Mechanical engineers involved in the structural design of process equipment
  • Civil engineers who build in hazardous areas
  • Explosion safety experts

Knowledge of strength calculations (stress-strain diagrams, beam calculations, frames, stress distribution over a cross-section) is required.

Course leader

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.

In English on request

Do you want to follow the course in English? Please mention this in the remarks field when you register.

Course leader

ir. Ake Harmanny

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