Process Safety Across the Chemical Engineering Curriculum

Initiative Led by Professor H. Scott Fogler

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Fluid Mechanics Safety Modules

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board referred to in the safety modules is an independent federal agency that is tasked with investigating the major causes of chemical accidents. They provide recommendations on safety improvements and provide lessons learned in hope to protect the community and environment from future incidents.

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Undergraduate Modules

Module 1: Williams Owens Olefin Plant Explosion
  • Description: Build up of Tar to reduce flow rate through the tube side of the exchanger that explodes
  • Location: Geismar, Louisiana, US
  • Date: June 13, 2013
Module 2: Freedom Industries Leak
  • Description: Calculate the leak rate of a toxic fluid from a storage cylinder
  • Location: Charleston, West Virginia, US
  • Date: January 9, 2014
Module 3: Acetylene Service Gas Explosion
  • Description: Malfunctioning check valve caused acetylene to escape and ignite
  • Location: Perth Amboy, New Jersey, US
  • Date: January 25, 2005
Module 4: Praxair Cylinder Fire and Explosion
  • Description: Derive equations that show escaping propylene rocketing cylinders through the air
  • Location: St. Louis, Missouri, US
  • Date: June 24, 2009


Graduate Modules

Graduate Level - Module A: Flixborough Disaster
  • Description: N/A
  • Location: Flixborough, England
  • Date: June 1, 1974

Graduate Level - Module B: Hydraulic Shock at Millard Refrigerated Services
  • Description: Gradient module hydraulic shock rupturing pipe
  • Location: Theodore, Alabama, US
  • Date: August 23, 2010