Gas Carriers  - Effects of Fire on the Cargo Containment System (eBook)

Published Date

January 1976

Gas Carriers - Effects of Fire on the Cargo Containment System (eBook)

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This paper presents analysis of heat transfer and temperature distribution in a hull exposed to fire and their effect on the cargo containment system. (14pp)

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Every aspect of life involves risks in some way or another, the acceptable level for a risk depends on various parameters such as consequences, probabilities, the benefits from the activity, and also more emotional dependent conditions as, for example, the 'fear of the unknown'. The overall risk from shipping technology to human life, property, and the environment covers a wide spectrum. It is of great interest to evaluate the whole range of hazards that may arise from shipping and the resulting consequences before the various risks are investigated separately.

However, the risk involved will depend heavily on the trade, the characteristics of the ship, and the cargo. Generally it is the nature of the cargo that has most influence on the risk potential from one ship. Experience and statistics show that fires on or adjacent to the ship are one of the most frequent serious accidents. Fires in the machine room are not uncommon. Leaks in the gas carrier cargo handling system may result in relatively small gas fires on deck or near the ship. Collision or grounding may lead to large oil fires enveloping major portions of the ship. Such large fires may be difficult to control or extinguish and may lead to several dangerous failure modes aboard the ship. For this reason, we have chosen to consider the effects of fire on the sea near the ship on the cargo containment system on gas carriers.

This work consists of two major parts:
1. A thermal analysis of the heat transfer and temperature distribution in a hull exposed to fire.
2. Analysis of the effect of high temperatures on the cargo containment system, and the hull.

This paper presents the main results of these analyses.

Paper Delivered by:
TK Authen
E Skramstad
J Nylund
(all from Det Norske Veritas, Norway)

Prepared for:
Gastech New York 1976


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Title: Gas Carriers - Effects of Fire on the Cargo Containment System (eBook)
Product Code: 4433g048
Published Date: January 1976

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