Hazards and Consequence Analysis of Flammable Releases

  • November 05, 2018
  • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Framingham Sheraton; 1657 Worcester Road; Framingham, MA
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Hazards and Consequence Analysis of Flammable Releases

Presented by Exponent Alfonso Ibarreta, PhD, PE, CFEI and Francesco Colella, PhD, CFEI

The production, storage, and use of flammable liquids and gases in industrial facilities poses a number of potential loss-of-containment hazards. These hazards include potential pool fires, jet fires, flash fires, fire balls, or explosions. In order to determine the risk posed by these potential scenarios, it is necessary to identify the types of possible hazards and to quantify the frequency and the severity of the event consequences.

This presentation will review classifications of hazards as well as some of the analytical methods and computational tools used in both consequence analyses and fire/explosion investigation. Case studies will be presented covering several areas including but not limited to flammable vapor cloud dispersion, fire radiation and explosion overpressure evaluations, as well as the consequence outcomes for nearby structures and personnel.

Dr. Ibarreta and Dr. Colella are both with Exponent, an engineering and scientific consulting firm. Dr. Ibarreta is a Managing Engineer, applying thermodynamics, fluid dynamics, and heat transfer principles to the study of combustion processes in fires, explosions, and a variety of combustion devices. He is a principal member of the NFPA’s Technical Committee on Explosion Protection Systems and is also the mechanical engineering representative at the Massachusetts Board of Fire Prevention Regulations. Dr. Colella specializes in the areas of fluid-mechanics, heat transfer, thermodynamics, fire dynamics and combustion, and is a principal member of the NFPA 502 committee (Standard for Road Tunnels, Bridges, and other Limited Access Highways) and a member of the NFPA 1700 committee (Guide for Structural Fire Fighting).

The basic meeting agenda is the following:
4:00-5:30PM - Board of Directors Meeting (Members Welcome)
5:30-6:30PM - Registration & Cocktails (Attitude Adjustment)
6:30-8:30PM - Dinner & Program

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