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Last modified: 31 Jul 2023 11:19

Course Overview

The course aims to give students an in-depth treatment of the critical technical aspects of loss of containment including factors leading to loss of containment and consequence modelling.

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Majid Aleyaasin

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The nature
of fires and explosions is covered with basic models describing their
characteristics. Thermal radiation is
reviewed and modelled.  Source and
dispersion models for single and multi-phase systems are presented.  Models for low temperatures generated on
blowdown/expansion are presented.  Fluid
flow in networks is analysed focussing on fire water systems and flare/blowdown
networks.  Toxicity & dispersion are
reviewed and extended.

Loss of
containment statistics are reviewed with critical plant and equipment.  Industry codes and standards are
reviewed.  The key area of HP/LP
interfaces is covered.  Gas blowby
examples and case studies are presented. 
Identification and quantification of loss of containment scenarios are
presented and analysed.

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

First Attempt

2x Online Open-Book Exam (50% each)

Alternative Resit Arrangements

Resit of only the failed assessment component(s)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualApply•Identification of loss of containment events•Consequence modelling
ProceduralUnderstand•Fire and explosion characteristics•Loss of containment•Venting and flaring•Low temperature effects•Hydraulic network analysis•HP/LP Interface management
ReflectionEvaluate•Model fires, explosions, blowdown and networks•Calculate release rates•Design a protective system•Identify HP/LP interfaces on PIDs

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