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Document ID (ISN)55241
CIS number 91-279
ISBN(s) 0-85356316-0
Year 1988
Convention or series no. SRD R 477
Author(s) Holden P.L.
Safety and Reliability Directorate
Title Assessment of missile hazards: Review of incident experience relevant to major hazard plant
Bibliographic information United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, Risley, Warrington WA3 6AT, United Kingdom, 1988. 177p. Illus. Bibl. Price: GBP 9.00.
Abstract The main part of this paper is devoted to a review of experience of incidents in which pressure vessels containing liquefied gases have suffered major failure. The modes and patterns of failure, which dictate whether fragments are projected and how many pieces the vessel break into, are discussed. The incident experience covers major failures of 138 vessels, the majority due to flame impingement. The information available varies from knowledge only of whether fragments were projected to virtually complete details of the failure circumstances, number, range and direction of projected fragments. This data has been analysed with a view to providing information which may be useful in assessments of major hazard plant.
Descriptors (primary) liquefied gases; pressure vessels; petroleum and natural gas industry; hazard evaluation; major hazards; explosion hazards
Descriptors (secondary) United Kingdom; case study; causes of accidents; bursting; material failure; storage tanks
Document type E - Books, reports, proceedings
Country / State or ProvinceUnited Kingdom
Subject(s) Pressure vessels and systems
Broad subject area(s) Fires, explosions and major hazards
Browse category(ies) Risk evaluation
Major hazards
Petroleum and natural gas industry
Compressed gases and pressure vessels