STP1150

    Evaluating the Hazards of Large Petrochemical Fires

    Published: Jan 1992


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    Abstract

    Fire testing and fire research would be aided by the standardization of the fire environment, test articles, sensors, and procedures for the sake of reproducibility and interlaboratory comparisons. Current and proposed fire standards dictate control by either “fire temperature” or by “fire heat flux”. This equivocation can lead to confusion. This article discusses the circumstances under which temperature may be the more important control parameter and when heat flux may be the more important control parameter. Examples are given.

    Keywords:

    fire testing, fire research, fire temperature, fire heat flux, fire standards, fire control, fire comparisons, hydrocarbon fires, petrochemical fires


    Author Information:

    Keltner, NR
    Supervisor,senior members of technical staff, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

    Acton, RU
    Supervisor,senior members of technical staff, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM

    Gill, W
    Supervisor,senior members of technical staff, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM


    Paper ID: STP23786S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E05.32

    DOI: 10.1520/STP23786S


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