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Hydrocarbon fires and explosions produce extreme loading on structures. The purpose of this course is to develop the ability to design structural components to operate effectively in fire and blast loading scenarios in order to promote safety. Fundamental principles and concepts are covered to provide the essential physical understanding of a structure’s behaviour at high temperatures or under dynamic loading. Simple models are used to assess the loading that results from fires and explosions. Industrial standards and design guidelines are explained.
|Session||First Sub Session||Credit Points||15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)|
The purpose of this course is to develop the ability to design structural components to operate effectively in fire and blast loading scenarios in order to promote safety. Fundamental principles and concepts are covered to provide the essential physical understanding of a structure’s behaviour at high Temperatures or under dynamic loading. Industrial standards and design guidelines are explained. Both active and passive safety measures are covered as are the hazards associated with e.g. smoke and heat. Topics include: Introduction to fire and explosion science. Heat transfer. Waves in air, water and solids. The dynamic deformation and failure of solids and structures. Estimation of explosion overpressures. Material and structural performance in fire and high-rate loading. Fire resistant design of structures. Practical applications of fire and explosion engineering. An introduction to Fire and Explosion Hazard Management.
This course is delivered online, where the students will access the teaching content via the web in 5 blocks at 2-3 week intervals. The course tutor will have scheduled times of delivery on the on-line forum, as well as contact via email.
Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.
Continuous assessment, (20%) and 1 three hour exam (80%). The continuous assessment is made up of four equally-weighted assignments that both test the understanding of the students in the range of course material and help them to prepare for the final examination.
Resit: The re-sit will comprise of re-doing the failed element/s (exam and/or coursework assessment/s) from the 1st attempt with a maximum CGS mark of D3. The marks for other elements (successfully passed) will be carried over. Resit mark of either RP or RF will be recorded.
There are no assessments for this course.
Whole-class feedback will be provided for both coursework assignments and tutorial questions via MyAberdeen. Model answers and marking schemes are provided for selected coursework, tutorial questions and past exam papers. Discussion boards on MyAberdeen are employed for both general queries and specific difficulties associated with problem solving and exam preparation.