Comprehensive Explosion Science

Location Rugby, UK

Date 18th June 2019

Duration 2 days

Topic Safety

CPD Hours 14

Price IChemE member £1150 + VAT, Non-member £1350 + VAT


Understand the phenomenon and consequences of explosions

Are you responsible for industrial premises that fall under the DSEAR or ATEX regulations, for designing new process plants or for maintaining existing installations?

IChemE's Comprehensive Explosion Science course will give you a detailed understanding of the phenomenon of explosions including consequences, prevention techniques and regulatory requirements for a safe working environment.

The course covers gas and dust explosion theory, DSEAR and ATEX regulations, ignition theory, hazardous area classification, risk assessment and protection concepts.

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Learning outcomes

By the end of the course delegates will understand:

  • explosion science; conditions causing and consequences resulting from explosions
  • the requirements of UK and EU regulations relating to health and safety in potentially explosive atmospheres
  • hazardous area classification and explosion risk assessment techniques
  • material explosibility properties and test methods
  • the role of CFD in explosion consequence analysis
  • understanding and controlling potential ignition sources
  • explosion protection and isolation concepts and design
  • the requirements of UK and EU regulations for equipment for use in potentially explosive atmospheres and for explosion protection equipment (the ATEX directive)
  • past incidents, statistics and why we study previous accidents.

Who will benefit?

  • those who are responsible for industrial premises that fall under the DSEAR(UK) / ATEX(EU) regulations engineers who are responsible for designing new process plants and maintaining existing installations
  • OEMs who are required to design equipment and process according to the ATEX directive
  • employees working in hazardous areas.

Course outline

Day 1

  • Gas, vapour and dust explosions
  • Explosion effects and consequences
  • The role of consequence modelling
  • DSEAR / ATEX user directive (ATEX 1999/92/EC)
  • Material testing
  • Hazardous area classification for gas, vapour and dust
  • Potential and effective ignition sources

Day 2

  • Examples of industrial explosions
  • Explosion prevention and protection measures
  • ATEX equipment directive (ATEX 94/9/EC)
  • Requirements for electrical  and mechanical equipment
  • Requirements for protective systems
  • Explosion risk assessment methodology

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