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Fire & Explosion Research Data

FABIG distributes detailed test reports from past Joint Industry Projects (JIP) on fire and explosion issues.
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FIRE & EXPLOSION RESEARCH PROJECTS

BFETS Phase 3b
Project Title: Blast and Fire Engineering for Topside Structures Phase 3b
Project Duration: 1999 - 2002
Overview:

The Phase 2 and Phase 3a projects showed that it is generally not practical to design an offshore platform against the 'worst case' explosion. Therefore, a risk-based approach for design against explosion hazards is needed, in which the risks are reduced to as low as reasonably…

BFETS Phase 3a
Project Title: Blast and Fire Engineering for Topside Structures Phase 3a
Project Duration: 1997 - 1998
Overview:

The HSE funded project, known as Phase 3a, was conducted between May 1997 and March 1998 and comprised of 45 experiments conducted in a test rig representing, at full scale, an offshore module. During each experiment the test rig was filled with a gas / air mixture and ignited by…

BFETS Phase 2
Project Title: Blast and Fire Engineering for Topside Structures Phase 2
Project Duration: 1994 - 1998
Overview:

The Blast and Fire Engineering Project for Topside Structures is one of the largest research projects undertaken following the Piper Alpha disaster to address key issues relating to the characterisation and mitigation of offshore hydrocarbon explosions and fires.

The first…

BFETS Phase 1
Project Title: Blast and Fire Engineering for Topside Structures Phase 1
Project Duration: 1990 - 1991
Overview:

The Blast & Fire Engineering for Topside Structures (BFETS) Joint Industry Project Phase 1 was a large JIP carried out in the wake of the Piper Alpha disaster. It started in May 1990 to collate, appraise and disseminate information on blast and fire loads, and on the…

BEM Phase 2
Project Title: Buncefield Explosion Mechanism Phase 2
Project Duration: 2010 - 2013
Overview:

The Buncefield Explosion Mechanism Phase 2 JIP commenced in July 2010 and was completed in December 2013. It involved several test programmes and analytical studies to understand how vapour clouds develop following large losses of primary containment, the characteristics of…

BEM Phase 1
Project Title: Buncefield Explosion Mechanism Phase 1
Project Duration: 2008 - 2009
Overview:

The Buncefield explosion (11 December 2005) resulted in tremendous damage to the outlying area and huge fires involving 23 large oil fuel tanks. One important aspect of the incident was the severity of the explosion, which would not have been anticipated in any major hazard…

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