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Postgraduate course

Dust Explosions in the Process Industries

  • ECTS credits10
  • Teaching semesterSpring
  • Course codePTEK354
  • Number of semesters1
  • LanguageEnglish. Norwegian if only Norwegian students attend.
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Level of Study


Teaching semester

Spring. Unless otherwise agreed with the Study Section or the course coordinator, it is compulsory to attend the first lecture/orientation meeting. The course will only be offered if at least three students are registrered.

Objectives and Content

The course provides an overview of the contemporary state-of-the-art in research on dust explosions. the lectures emphasise physical phenomena and principles for risk-reducing measures.


The course describes ignition and combustion properties of powders and dusts, methods for prevention and control of dust explosions, lessons learnt from accidental dust explosions as well as methods for testing the ignition, combustion and explosion properties of dust layers and dust clouds.

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

  • describe the formation of falmmable dust clouds
  • discuss physical phenomena related to the particle-laden flow in dust clouds
  • describe ignition and combustion phenomena in dust layers
  • describe ignition and cumbustion phenomena in dust clouds
  • discuss the mechanisms for flame propagation for various types of dust
  • categorise methods for prevention and mitigation of dust explosions
  • discuss the chain of events and lessons learnt form relevant dust explosions accidents
  • explain the principles for risk analysis, risk assessment and risk management for industrial facilities where dust explosions represent a hazard


The student is able to

  • explain the methods for testing ignition, combustion and explosion properties of dust samples
  • discuss relevant means of explosion protection for a given industrial facility
  • give examples of past accidents for various industries
  • conduct a litterature survey on selected aspects of dust explosions
  • give an oral presentation of the literature survey

General competence

  • identify relevant dust 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

PTEK250, PTEK252

Recommended Previous Knowledge

PTEK241 (can be taken in parallel)

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Access to the Course

Access to the course requires admission to a Master programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Scienceswww.uib.no/matnat/52646/opptak-ved-mn-fakultetetwww.uib.no/matnat/52646/opptak-ved-mn-fakultetet


Teaching and learning methods

The teaching entails self-study, seminars and a mandatory literature survey.

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Mandatory literature review, at least 10 pages including title page and references. Approved presentation of the literature study 30 minutes plus questions.Compulsor assignments are valid for two subsequent semestes.

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 the autumn semester and January 1st for the spring semester.

Course Evaluation

The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance 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 dministratively responsible for the course.


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

Tlf: 55 58 28 64

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