Assessment of Damage to Structures and Equipment Resulting from Explosion, Fire, and Heat Events
This article addresses the effects of damage to equipment and structures due to explosions (blast), fire, and heat as well as the methodologies that are used by investigating teams to assess the damage and remaining life of the equipment. It discusses the steps involved in preliminary data collection and preparation. Before discussing the identification, evaluation, and use of explosion damage indicators, the article describes some of the more common events that are considered in incident investigations. The range of scenarios that can occur during explosions and the characteristics of each are also covered. In addition, the article primarily discusses level 1 and level 2 of fire and heat damage assessment and provides information on level 3 assessment.
Adrian Pierorazio, Nicholas E. Cherolis, Michael Lowak, Daniel J. Benac, Matthew T. Edel, Assessment of Damage to Structures and Equipment Resulting from Explosion, Fire, and Heat Events, Analysis and Prevention of Component and Equipment Failures, Vol 11A, ASM Handbook, Edited By Brett A. Miller, Roch J. Shipley, Ronald J. Parrington, Daniel P. Dennies, ASM International, 2021, p 134–145, https://doi.org/10.31399/asm.hb.v11A.a0006804
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