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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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Majid Aleyaasin

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What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • EG5544 Fire and Explosion Engineering (Studied)

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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.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Seminar during University weeks 14 - 18
  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 9 - 13

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for courses may be subject to change. All updates for first-half session courses will be actioned no later than 1700 (GMT) on 18 September 2020. All updates for second half-session courses will be actioned in advance of second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

2x online open book exam (40% each)

Coursework (20%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

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