This course covers the process safety hazards associated with runaway chemical reactions. Several significant incidents are presented to introduce the concerns/hazards, which leads to a detailed presentation on the process safety information required to analyze these potential hazards followed by in-depth discussion of inherently safer methods, design methods, and layers of protection commonly applied to eliminate, prevent the occurrence, and mitigate the impact of runaway reaction incidents. The specialized considerations for overpressure system design for potential runaway reactors is introduced. A significant industrial runaway reactor incident is used to illustrate these concepts.
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This course is designed to be of interest to those students (undergraduate and graduate) as well as new professionals, who have had previous exposure to process safety fundaments and reactor kinetics/design. This course builds other related SACHE courses, primarily those dealing with reactive hazards (ELA962) and pressure relief systems (ELA971). This course provides a baseline understanding for those students who wish to pursue more extensive and detailed study of the hazards associated with runaway reactions.