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HSE RR089

A Critical Review of Post Piper Alpha Developments in Explosion Science for the Offshore Industry

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SUMMARY

Considerable experimental and theoretical progress in the understanding of explosions in offshore structures has been made over the last decade.This report reviews this progress with special emphasis on the degree of implementation of the new knowledge gained into optimisation of structural design. Relevant explosion research, since Piper Alpha is reviewed, concentrating on new experimental studies and their interpretation and basic improvements in phenomenological understanding. Progress in modelling and tools available for predicting explosion loading and explosion response is addressed.

This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the author(s) alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy

Publisher: HSE
Published in: 2004

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