Full course description

Date: March 23-24, 2016

Location: PCCT Center, Houston

Instructor: Mr. Ali Sari

Credit: 1.4 CEUs/ 14 PDHs


The course content encompasses the state-of-the-art methods developed for analyzing blast and fire events and their influence on human and infrastructures. This course will not only enhance the capacity of participants on basic principles applied to blast and fire engineering, but also will provide them with numerous practical applications by pulling in real-world problems accomplished in each area. The course content is summarized in below:

Different methods for computing the blast load on structures will be discussed. The semi empirical and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) approaches for simulating blast phenomenon and blast-structure interaction effects will be outlined. The methodologies for determining the blast loads on structures by taking into account the interaction between structure and blast wave, i.e. the effect of wave reflection from surface of structure and clearing effects, will be explained. Quantitative risk assessment procedures will be outlined to identify blast exceedance curves. The method for interpretation of pressure/impulse exceedance curves in order to determine the blast loads will also be described. Further, a risk based approach to design and assess onshore and offshore structures for blast loading will be presented.

The performance criteria and its different categories under blast loading will be presented. The performance criteria will include various structural components and their detailing in different types of structures. In addition, the performance criteria will encompasses nonstructural items in different types of buildings, i.e. doors, windows, openings, and interior details. Subsequently, the building occupant vulnerability to blast load will be explained. The fatality/lethality curves and the methods for estimating maximum individual risks will be presented.

A methodology for computing structural response of piping and pressure vessels to blast loading in offshore structures and petrochemical facilities will be presented. The criteria for using drag force or overpressure to represent the blast load on pipes and pressure vessels will be detailed.

Innovative methods for retrofitting the existing structures, which are vulnerable to blast loading, will be described. The strengthening approaches at both foundation level and structure level will be explained.

Fire analysis procedures for determining characteristics of different types of fire, such as pool fire, jet fire, and flash fire will be discussed. Subsequently, the methods for predicting the reduction in structural capacity of steel structures exposed to fire will be explained. Also, the approaches for protecting the steel structural members against fire such as utilizing passive fire protection and its optimization will be outlined.

Numerical simulation of heat transfer by convection, conduction and radiation will be explained in conjunction with its application in predicting the temperature rise inside a shelter building engulfed by an external fire. Further, the impact of radiation on human body and human response criteria to temperature rise inside the building will be presented.

Price Structure and Promotional Codes:

  • Regular Registration: $990
  • Early Registration (MKOCEARLY2):  $850
  • Partner Consortium Member (MKOCPARTNER2): $595
  • Sponsor Consortium Member (MKOCSPONSOR2): $795
  • Associate Consortium Member (MKOCASSOC2): $895

For questions or assistance about this course offering, contact:
Amarette Renieri 
Program Assistant 
Mary Kay O’Connor Process Safety Center
P: 979-458-1863    
E: arenieri@tamu.edu