WIT Press

An Integrated Approach To Optimising The Performance Of A Blast Wall System

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/SU940031

Volume

8

Pages

8

Published

1994

Size

1,167 kb

Author(s)

G. Schleyer, D. Galbraith & I. Gillarf

Abstract

An integrated approach to optimising the performance of a blast wall system G. Schleyer," D. Galbraith^ & I. Gillarf ^Impact Research Center, Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Liverpool, UK (formerly of British Gas pic) ^Mobil North Sea Ltd., Aberdeen, UK ^Research and Technology Division, British Gas pic., Newcastle upon Tyne, UK ABSTRACT A detailed non-linear dynamic analysis has been combined with a series of large scale experiments using controlled, partially confined, vapour cloud explosions to provide an assessment of the performance of a blast wall system on an offshore platform. The work was undertaken to accurately predict the capacity of the blast wall and provide suggestions of how to improve its blast resistance. INTRODUCTION The Piper Alpha Inquiry by Lord Cullen [1] and following Safety Case legislation for offshore installations has increased awareness of hazards and their consequences. As a result, structures are being

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