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Course Overview

Hydrocarbon fires and explosions produce extreme loading on engineering components. Structural steels lose their strength and stiffness well below the temperatures associated with hydrocarbon fires. Safety-critical elements must be designed to withstand both these temperatures and the blast overpressures that result from hydrocarbon explosions. Simple models are used to assess the loading that results from fires and explosions. Structural elements are analysed to illustrate the design procedures that are required to prevent escalation and to design against major accident scenarios.

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 Majid Aleyaasin

Qualification Prerequisites


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

  • Engineering (EG) (Studied)
  • Either Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or EG4013 Meng Individual Project (Passed)
  • Either Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied) or Any Undergraduate Programme (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • EG5544 Fire and Explosion Engineering (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The following modules will be covered in the course:
1. Introduction to fire and explosion science
2.Hydrocarbon fire and explosions
3. Heat transfer
4. Fire dynamics
5. Material and structural performance in fire and high-rate loading
6. Fire resistant design of structures
7. Practical applications of fire and explosion engineering
8. An introduction to Fire and Explosion Hazard Management
9. Deflagration and detonation
10. The dynamic of deformation and failure of solids and structures
11. Estimation of explosion overpressures in air

Using MyAberdeen student will be able to view weekly lectures, access associated materials and undertake on line tutorials. There are formative assessments for duration of the course.

Further Information & Notes

For students taking the MSc Safety & Reliability Engineering for Oil & Gas

EG501G is the distance learning course code

Degree Programmes for which this Course is Prescribed

  • MSc Safety & Reliability Engineering for Oil and Gas
  • Master Of Science In Safety & Reliability Engineering
  • Master of Engineering in Mech Eng with Euro Studs
  • Master of Engineering in Mechanical Eng with Management
  • Master of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering

Contact Teaching Time

44 hours

This is the total time spent in lectures, tutorials and other class teaching.

Teaching Breakdown


1st attempt: Three hour written examination (80%) and continuous assessment (20%).

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.

Formative Assessment



Whole-class feedback will be provided for both coursework assignments and tutorial questions via feedback sessions (campus-based students) and via MyAberdeen (distance learning students).  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.

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