Thermodynamic and gas-dynamic aspects of BLEVE


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Title Thermodynamic and gas-dynamic aspects of BLEVE
Period 12 / 2006 - 12 / 2010
Status Current
Dissertation Yes
Research number OND1329175
Data Supplier Website J.M. Burgerscentrum


For a proper risk analysis of accidents in road tunnels accurate estimates of the chances and effects of these accidents is required. This project aims at contributing to a better understanding of the accident known as BLEVE, or boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion. The thermodynamic and fluid dynamic aspects, in particular of the rapid vaporisation after a sudden decrease of pressure will be investigated by a combination of modeling and experiments. The insights gained will be used in predictive models for maximum overpressure in case of an accident and will contribute to the safe evaluation of existing road tunnels and design of future ones.

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Project leader Prof.dr. D.J.E.M. Roekaerts
Project leader M.J. Tummers
Doctoral/PhD student M. Xie

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