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School of Engineering Safe Handling of Liquified Natural Gas

Numerical characterization and simulation of the complex physics underpinning the Safe Handling of Liquefied Natural Gas (SafeLNG) (2014-2017) is an Innovative Doctoral Programme (IDP) funded by the Marie Curie Action of the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union.

Gas facility and transport ship

The main hazard of liquefied natural gas (LNG) is the flammable vapour which can extend to kilometres as a greenhouse gas, or be ignited resulting in fire and explosions. SafeLNG will focus on six specific areas which are most relevant to facility risk management but for which both theoretical insight and predictive tools are lacking.

  • To characterize different LNG release scenarios and develop robust source term models.
  • To gain insight of the complex physics in LNG/fuel cascades and flammable cloud formation, and develop robust predictive tools.
  • To develop a robust model for accurate prediction of rollover.
  • To develop modelling strategies for assessing the environmental impact of large LNG spill by coupling micro scale dispersion models with mesoscale atmospheric models.
  • To develop and validate LES based predictive tools for large LNG pool and jet fires.
  • To validate and improve models for explosions in non-uniform LNG vapour mixtures.

The predictive tools to be developed will be validated using published data as well as proprietary data from the private sector Associated Partners, and used to conduct parametric studies as well as safety case studies based on realistic LNG terminal layout.

The project is co-ordinated by Professor Jennifer Wen on behalf of Kingston University where she is a visiting professor. As the Scientist in Charge, she will lead a strong team of academics from both Kingston University (Drs S Dembele, S Muppala, K Volkov and A Heidari) and the University of Warwick (Drs P Denissenko, Y Chung and CMR Vendra) along with other academic and industrial experts from the Associated Partners to deliver high quality training for six Early Stage Doctoral Researchers).

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