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Course Overview

The nature of fires and explosions is covered together with basic models to describe their characteristics.  Thermal radiation (flaring) is reviewed and modelled.  Source models and dispersion models for single and multi-phase systems are presented. Toxicity & dispersion are reviewed and extended. Loss of containment statistics is reviewed together with the critical examples from chemical processes and reactions. Identification and quantification of loss of containment scenarios are presented and analysed.

Course Details

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

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

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • Engineering (EG) (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 following modules will be covered in the course: 

  1. Fire and explosion characteristics
  2. Venting and flaring
  3. Fundamentals of process chemistry & engineering
  4. Reaction heat and combustion
  5. Thermal runaway
  6. HP/LP Interface management
  7. Identification of loss of containment events

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

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

1st Attempt: 3-hour written examination (80%); continuous assessment (20%).

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.

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Feedback is given in the form of discussion with course tutors in contact sessions and on VLE and return of continually assessed work.

Course Learning Outcomes


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