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Explosion Hazards in the Process Industries

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Level of Study


Teaching semester


Objectives and Content


The course provides an overview of explosion hazards in the process industry. The teaching emphasises understanding of physical phenomena and risk-reducing measures.


The course introduces basic concepts, terminoogy and phenomena related to industrial explosions, such as physical and chemical explosions, as well as principles for active and passive revention and mitigation of accidental explosions. The lectures emphasise lessions learnt from accidental explosions accidents in industry.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:


The student is able to:

  • discuss classification of explosion phenomena based on the physical and chemical processes involved
  • describe ignition and combustion phenomena in gases, mists, duct clouds, pyrotechnics, propellants and condensed explosives
  • explain methods for active and passive prevention and mitigation of explosions
  • explain the principles for classification of hazardous areas
  • explain the principles for design of electrical apparatuses for use in hazardous areas
  • describe the chain of events and lessons learnt from selected accidents


The student is able to:

  • discuss relevant means of explosion protection for a given industrial facility, and give examples of past accidents in similar facilities
  • perform simple laboratory experiments involving gas and dust explosions
  • give a clear oral presentation of solution to relevant exercises

General competence

The student is able to

  • identify relevant explosions hazards for a given system
  • propose suitable risk-reducing measures for a given system
  • combine various principles for explosion protection for a given system

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

PHYS111, PHYS112, KJEM110, KJEM210/PHYS113, PTEK202 (can be taken in parallel), PTEK252 (can be taken in parallel).

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Access to the Course

Access to the course requires admission to a masterprogram at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Teaching and learning methods

The teaching method is group work (TBL) or lectures, as well as laboratory exercises.

Activity: 3 hours per week

Activity: 13-14 weeks

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Mandatory attendance at laboratory exercises (4 out of 4) and approved laboratory reports (4 out of 4). If the teaching entails team-based learning 8TBL), it is also mandatory to participate in at least 80 % of the TBL activities, including the submissio of the mandatory Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique (IF AT) tests for portfolio assessment. Compulsory assignments are valid in 2 subsequent semesters.

Forms of Assessment

Portfolio assessment 8TBL) and oral exam. If the teaching entails team-based learning (TBL) with group work, the portfolio assessment (IF AT) represents 25 % of the total grade and the oral exam 75%. Otherwise, the oral exam represents 100 % of the total grade.

The forms of assessment will be determined at the start of the semester.

Examination Support Material


Grading Scale

The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.

Assessment Semester

Examinaton only in the autumn semester

Reading List

The reading list will be available within June 1st for athe autumn semester and January 1st for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated by the students in accorance with the quality control system at UiB and the department.

Programme Committee

The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the programme and courses.

Course Coordinator

Contact information for the course coordinator is available at "Mitt UiB", alternatively contact the student advisor.

Course Administrator

The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and Department of Physics and Technology are administratively responsible for the course.


Contact information student adviser: studieveileder.ppt@ift.uib.no

Tlf: 55 58 28 64

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