Student Pages
Postgraduate course

Dust Explosions in the Process Industries

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




Teaching semester

Autumn and/or spring.

Objectives and Content


The course aims giving an understanding of dangers of dustexplosions


The course descreibes ignition and combustion properties of powders/dusts; methods for prevention and control of dust explosions; case histories of dust explosions in the process industries; methods for measuring ignition, combustion and explosion properties of dust layers and clouds and design of electrical equipment for use in the presence of combustible/explosive dusts.

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 methods for prevention and control of dust explosions
  • describe and explain examples of dust explosion accidents in the industry


The student is able to

  • explain the methods for measurement of combustion and explosion properties of the powder / dust
  • explain the design of electrical equipment for use in areas with explosive dust

General competence

The student has good knowledge related to dust explosions

Required Previous Knowledge


Recommended Previous Knowledge

PTEK202, PTEK250, PTEK252

Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap


Access to the Course

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


Teaching and learning methods

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

Teaching Methods and Extent of Organized Teaching

The teaching method is by seminars and selfstudy

Activity/ 0 hours per week

Activity/ 0 weeks

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance


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.

Subject Overlap


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

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

Tlf: 55 58 28 64

Exam information