FPE Lecture Series: CFD Case Study: House Explosion Involving Long-Term Gas Leak
Speaker: Tom DeBold, P.E., CFEI Senior Engineer, Gexcon U.S.
Logistics: Monday, July 26, 11:00 A.M. via Zoom
This lecture discusses a case study of a low magnitude explosion that occurred in an apartment when one of the occupants lit the kitchen stove. A partially open gas valve was discovered in the kitchen, which was left open for approximately 24 hr prior to the incident. Since the valve was opened in the morning the day before the incident, investigators incorrectly concluded that it could not have been the cause of the fire because it would have occurred when they cooked earlier that 24 hr period from the same stove. An in-depth analysis involving experimental testing and CFD was then undertaken to explore whether the identified and quantified leak rate could have caused the incident.
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