Process Safety Across the Chemical Engineering Curriculum

Initiative Led by Professor H. Scott Fogler

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Complete Heat and Mass Transfer 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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Module 1: Williams Owens Olefin Plant Explosion
Class Tested by UM Heat and Mass Transfer Course in Fall 2018
  • Description: Tar build up on heat exchanger containing propylene that explodes
  • Location: Geismar, Louisiana, US
  • Date: June 13, 2013
Module 2: West Fertilizer Explosion and Fire
  • Description: Radiant and convective heat exchange to an NH3NO3 pile
  • Location: West, Texas, US
  • Date: April 17, 2013
Module 3: Propane Tank Explosion
  • Description: Convective heat exchange from fire outside a storage tank to flammable liquid inside tank
  • Location: Albert City, Iowa, US
  • Date: April 9, 1998
Module 4: Hydraulic Shock at Millard Refrigerated Services
  • Description: Advanced or graduate material calculate dispersion of vapor plume
  • Location: Theodore, Alabama, US
  • Date: August 23, 2010