Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention

, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 6–7 | Cite as

The mystery of the BLEVE

  • G. M. Armstrong
Features Interpretation


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.


Blast Wave Prevention Volume Vapor Cloud Runaway Reaction Boiling Liquid 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. M. Armstrong
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  1. 1.Engineering Design & Testing Corp.Houston District OfficeHouston

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