• Guowei MaEmail author
  • Yimiao Huang
  • Jingde Li


This chapter is an introductory section which gives the background for the researches in this book. Several disastrous explosion events from various types of oil and gas facilities are discussed. Vapour cloud explosion (VCE) is defined and the basic VCE mechanisms, such as cloud formation, ignition, deformation and detonation are described. In addition, facility conditions and several overpressure predication methods are briefly introduced.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Civil and Transportation EngineeringHebei University of TechnologyTianjinChina
  2. 2.Department of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering, School of EngineeringUniversity of Western AustraliaPerthAustralia
  3. 3.Centre for Infrastructural Monitoring and ProtectionCurtin UniversityPerthAustralia

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