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Vapour Cloud Formation - Lessons from Buncefield Terminal Fire

Graham Marshall - Friday, March 09, 2012

Since the fire at the Buncefield Oil Storage Depot occurred in 2005, the UK Health and Safety Executive (UK HSE) has sponsored a programme of experimental and modeling research to investigate the technical issues involved in the Buncefield incident and to develop methods of analysis for the overfilling of a tank with a volatile liquid.

The objective of the research is to enable  the UK HSE and industry to reach agreement on a reliable method to determine the characteristics of any vapour cloud generated in the event of an vessel overfill.

This will allow appropriate consideration of the overfill scenario, including information on fluid type, tank size, and fill rate to be taken into account in hazard assessments for land use planning and emergency planning purposes.

The research report has now been published and is available by clicking here (note - it is 4.5 MB so may take a few moments to upload).


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