The mystery of the BLEVE
- 116 Downloads
BLEVE (Boiling Liquid, Expanding Vapor Explosion): The explosively rapid vaporization and corresponding release of energy of a liquid, flammable or otherwise, upon its sudden release from containment under greater-than-atmospheric pressure at a temperature above its atmospheric boiling point. A BLEVE is often accompanied by a fireball if the suddenly depressurized liquid is flammable and its release results from vessel failure by an external fire. The energy released during vaporization may contribute to a shock wave.