Consequence analysis to buildings from bursting cylindrical vessels

Authors

  • Enrique González Ferradás,

    1. Grupo de Investigación de Seguridad e Higiene en la Industria. Departamento de Ingeniería Química. Universidad de Murcia, Campus Universitario de Espinardo, 30100 Murcia, Spain
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  • Fernando Díaz Alonso,

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    1. Grupo de Investigación de Seguridad e Higiene en la Industria. Departamento de Ingeniería Química. Universidad de Murcia, Campus Universitario de Espinardo, 30100 Murcia, Spain
    • Grupo de Investigación de Seguridad e Higiene en la Industria. Departamento de Ingeniería Química. Universidad de Murcia, Campus Universitario de Espinardo, 30100 Murcia, Spain
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  • Juan Francisco Sánchez Pérez,

    1. Grupo de Investigación de Seguridad e Higiene en la Industria. Departamento de Ingeniería Química. Universidad de Murcia, Campus Universitario de Espinardo, 30100 Murcia, Spain
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  • Marta Doval Miñarro,

    1. Grupo de Investigación de Seguridad e Higiene en la Industria. Departamento de Ingeniería Química. Universidad de Murcia, Campus Universitario de Espinardo, 30100 Murcia, Spain
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  • Agustín Miñana Aznar,

    1. Grupo de Investigación de Seguridad e Higiene en la Industria. Departamento de Ingeniería Química. Universidad de Murcia, Campus Universitario de Espinardo, 30100 Murcia, Spain
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  • José Ruiz Gimeno

    1. Grupo de Investigación de Seguridad e Higiene en la Industria. Departamento de Ingeniería Química. Universidad de Murcia, Campus Universitario de Espinardo, 30100 Murcia, Spain
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Abstract

Damage effects to buildings must be taken into account when performing consequence analysis, because people indoors can be affected by such damage. The objective of this article is to provide a methodology for estimating damage to buildings from the pressure wave produced by bursting cylindrical vessels, by combining characteristic overpressure-impulse-distance curves with PROBIT equations. This methodology allows the damage to be shown in the same diagram as the overpressure, impulse, and distance. Diagrams and equations are presented to determine minor damage to brick buildings of four or less floors (broken windows, displacement of doors and window frames, tile displacement, etc), major structural damage (cracks in walls, collapse of some walls), and collapse (the damage is so extensive that the building is partially or totally demolished). © 2009 American Institute of Chemical Engineers Process Saf Prog, 2009

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