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SIMULATION OF FUEL STORAGE HAZARDS ASSOCIATED WITH PETROLEUM REFINERIES TANKS

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Mohammad Pourgol-Mohammad

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz-Iran
pourgolmohammad@sut.ac.ir

Mohammad Pourghaffari

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz-Iran
Mohamad.ghafari.che@gmail.com

Reza Alizadeh

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz-Iran
r.alizadeh@sut.ac.ir

Mojtaba Raheli Kaleibar

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Sahand University of Technology, Tabriz-Iran
m_raheli@sut.ac.ir

Morteza Soleimani

Faculty of Engineering and Informatics, University of Bradford, Bradford-UK
m.soleimani@bradford.ac.uk

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4042368 History: Received May 16, 2018; Revised December 13, 2018

Abstract

Predicting of hazards associated with the damages of fuel storage tanks in petroleum refinery environment is critical in maintaining the safety of facilities. This study assesses the hazard of the refinery gasoline tank by augmented mathematical and experimental approach. This research evaluates the total release of the reservoir tank scenario in a given time, as the worst case. Environment conditions have been evaluated as affecting factors on the progression of the scenario. Comparison between the results of numerical simulations for pool fire as well as vapor cloud explosion with the results of simulation based on empirical-mathematical models indicates noticeable differences between the results in the vicinity of the boundary conditions; however, with increasing the distance from the center of the accident point, this difference decreases markedly.

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