Postgraduate course

Explosion Hazards in the Process Industries

Level of Study




Teaching semester


Objectives and Content


The course aims understanding of dangers in the process industry and how the dangers can me minimized


The course descreibes combustion- and ignition properties for gases, liquids, dust and explosives. Classification of hazardous areas. Examples of explosion accidents in the process 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:

  • explain and define the chemical and physical processes that occur during igntion and propagation of gas, spray/mist and dust explosions, and during ignition and explosion/detonation of pyrotechnics, propellants and explosives
  • explain methods for suppression and control of these types of explosions in industry in land and sea
  • explain classification of hazardous areas and design of electrical apparatuses for hazardous areas


The student is able to perform fundamental laboratory experiments of gas and dust explosions

General competence

The student has a knowledge of dangers in the process industry

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge


Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Access to the Course

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

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

The teaching method is by lectures and laboratory exercises, field work]

Activity/ 4 hours per week

Activity/ 13 weeks

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Compulsory attendance in laboratory exercises (4 out of 4). Lab report. Compulsory assignments are valid in 2 subsequent semesters.

Forms of Assessment

The forms of assessment are:

- Oral exam, 100% of total grade.

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

Spring semester and 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

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

Tlf: 55 58 28 64

Exam information