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A New Resource for Explosion Exceedance

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There are about 2 major explosions around the world every year in the refinery and petrochemical industry. The effects can be devastating, causing fatalities and significant economic losses. Often the fatalities and many of the serious injuries occur inside buildings on the site. At any particular refinery unit, the likelihood of a major explosion is about 1 in 2,000 years [Ref. 1]. The explosion risk to people inside plant buildings will depend upon the type of building construction, the location, the plant
processes and materials. A quantitative analysis can establish where risk is intolerably high and risk reduction options are appropriate (see Table 1).

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