Handbook of Fire and Explosion Protection Engineering Principles: for Oil, Gas, Chemical and Related Facilities / Edition 2

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The security and economic stability of many nations and multinational oil and chemical companies is highly dependent on the safe and uninterrupted operation of their oil, gas and chemical facilities. Fire and explosion incidents are among the most critical impacts than can occur to these operations. This book provides a reference guide for professionals involved with fire and explosion prevention and protection aspects of these critical facilities.

The main objectives of this handbook are to provide a practical understanding of fire and explosion problems at oil, gas and chemical facilities and to act as a general reference for engineers, designers and others facing fire protection issues.

This book focuses on terminology that is applied and used in fire protection profession. Therefore NFPA standards and interpretations are utilized as the primary guidelines for the definitions and explanations.

  • A unique practical guide to preventing fires and explosions at oil and gas facilities, based on the author’s extensive experience in the industry.
  • An essential reference tool for engineers, designers and others facing fire protection issues.
  • The expanded second edition is based on the latest NFPA standards and interpretations.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781437778571
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 342
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

has had a long career devoted to fire protection engineering, risk engineering, loss prevention engineering, and system safety engineering. He is currently part of the Loss Prevention executive management staff of the Saudi Arabian Oil Company (Saudi Aramco), based at Abqaiq, site of some of the largest oil and gas operations in the world. He has also been associated with Boeing, Lockheed, Marathon Oil Company, and Occidental Petroleum Corporation in various fire protection engineering, risk analysis, and safety roles in several locations in the United States and overseas. Dr Nolan has received numerous safety awards and served a member of the Fire Protection Working Group of the UK Offshore Operators Association (UKOOA). He is the author of many technical papers and several books.
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Table of Contents

Introduction; Overview of Oil & Gas facilities; Philosophy of Protection Principles; Physical Properties of Hydrocarbons; Characteristics of Hydrocarbon Releases, Fires and Explosions; Historical survey of Fire and Explosion Incidents in the Hydrocarbon Industries; Risk Analysis; Segregation, Separation and Arrangement; Grading, Containment and Drainage Systems; Process Controls; Emergency Shutdown; Depressurization, Blowdown and Venting; Overpressure and Thermal Relief; Control of Ignition Sources; Elimination of Process Releases; Fire and Explosion Resistant Systems; Fire and Gas Detection and Alarm Systems; Evacuation; Methods of Fire Suppression; Special Locations, Facilities and Locations; Human Factors and Ergonomic Considerations

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