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Gas, Vapour and Dust Explosion Hazards Protection, Mitigation and Prediction
2017 dates to be confirmed
15% discount for IFE Members
- CPD 32.5hrs

Course details

The 2017 Programme will be ready approximately 3 months prior to the course, you can however download the latest (2016) course details form the left hand column for information.

In chemical process plants and oil and gas installations (either onshore or offshore) equipment, pipework arrays, support structures, etc. result in highly congested volumes of complex geometrical configuration.  Congestion and system geometry can increase the severity of an explosion through a feedback mechanism of accelerating turbulent combustion.  The disasters at Flixborough and Piper Alpha drew attention to the damage likely to arise from an explosion in a typical industrial layout and the inadequacies of previous practices to predict and minimise the consequences. 

These disasters have spurred the major industrial and academic research centres to address this problem and as a result the field of explosion prediction and mitigation is continuously developing with new recommendations and findings being published and further areas of uncertainty being identified.

However major industrial accidents still do happen (e.g. Texas City Oil Refinery and Hemel Hempstead Buncefield Disaster), highlighting the importance of continuing learning in this particular area.

Course objectives
To review recent experimental and theoretical research, with particular emphasis on information relating to the explosion development in obstacle-congested volumes and process vessels on confined and partially confined configurations.

Who should attend

This course is suitable for engineers and scientists involved in both the offshore sector and the onshore chemical process and nuclear industries.  More specifically, the course will be of benefit to:

  • - explosion safety consultants and engineers;

  • - research and development scientists/engineers;

  • - loss prevention and facilities managers;

  • - risk and insurance assessors;

  • - civil engineers / designers of process plant;

  • - designers and manufacturers of explosion protection systems;

  • - those newly appointed to any of the above areas.

  • MSc option

This course also forms part of an MSc Masters programme (full time or part time) in Fire and Explosion Engineering. For more information on the MSc visit the website or contact Peter Riley Tel. +44 (0)113 343 2793


The Explosion Hazards CPD course, Leeds, has been approved for 32.5 CPD hours in total by the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE).

The Energy Institute has approved Leeds University – Faculty of Engineering as an Approved Training Provider.

     IFE 32.5 accreditation logo   Energy Institute


The venue for the course will be Weetwood Hall Conference Centre and Hotel which offers first-class hotel facilities, a business centre and ample parking facilities. Weetwood Hall is an award winning, flexible conference centre and hotel in the north of England.

Weetwood Hall Hotel is ideally situated 15 minutes north of the centre of Leeds in wooded grounds at the junction of the Otley Road and the outer ring road. It is just 15 minutes from Leeds Bradford International Airport and a short distance from the A1, M1, M606, M621 and M62 motorways. Further details can be found at

How to Book

The course fees for 2017 are to be confirmed.

Booking for this course should be completed through our secure online store (available from around 3 months prior to the start of the course). You will receive an automatic confirmation email within 24 hours of your booking.

For any online booking queries or further information please contact:
Jenna Kellett - CPD, Conference & Events Coordinator
CPD, Conference & Events Unit

Faculty of Engineering,
School of Civil Engineering, G.04
University of Leeds, LEEDS, LS2 9JT, UK.
t: + 44 (0)113 343 2494