The Industrial Safety group is focused on the study of accidental explosions and fires through both numerical (CFD) and experimental (explosion and flammability tests) approaches.
The main areas are:
- Gas explosions under extreme conditions of temperature, pressure and reactant concentration. Study of the occurrence of the Combustion-induced Rapid Phase Transition (CRPT) phenomenon:
- Explosion tests in closed vessels – Identification of the conditions of transition from the deflagration mode to the CRPT mode;
- Development of mathematical models for simulating the cRPT phenomenon.
- Unsteady flame propagation through obstacles:
- CFD simulations (URANS and LES approaches).
- Explosions of dust/air and dust-gas/air systems:
- Evaluation of explosion and flammability parameters through experimental tests and mathematical models;
- CFD simulations of turbulent fluid flow, dust dispersion and reaction in the 20 L and 1 m3 bombs.
- CFD simulations of compartment fires.