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Transportation of Liquefied Gases: Assessing the Risk of Thermal Damage to Roadside Infrastructure from a Road Tank “Bleve”


An assessment of risk posed by a road transportation of liquefied gases to roadside property is considered. The attention is focussed on an estimation of the probability of thermal damage to a roadside object. Such damage can be caused by a boiling-liquid expanding-vapour explosion (BLEVE) of a road tank. It is suggested to estimate this probability by a combined application of stochastic simulation and deterministic models used to predict a thermal effect of a BLEVE fireball. A development of a fragility function expressing the probability of ignition of the roadside object is discussed. The fragility function is integrated into the simulation-based procedure of an estimation of the thermal damage probability. The approach proposed in this study is illustrated by an example which considers an assessment of thermal damage to a reservoir built in the vicinity of a road used for transportation of liquefied gases.

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Engineering, Introductions and Overviews, other