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October 2017

The 2017 Mary Kay O’Connor International Symposium “Beyond Regulatory Compliance, Making Safety Second Nature” will showcase two speakers from BakerRisk.

Kelly Thomas, Vice President, and Senior Blast Effects Engineer will present the paper “Comparison of Large-Scale Vented Deflagration Tests to CFD Simulations for Partially Congested Enclosures” on October 24, 1:15 p.m. in the Ballroom.

This paper presents a comparison between the results from a test program carried out to characterize the blast load environment within BakerRisk’s Deflagration Load Generator (DLG) test rig, and predictions made using the FLACS computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code. The test data was also compared to internal peak pressure predictions made using the National Fire Protection Association’s Standard on Explosion Protection by Deflagration Venting (NFPA 68). The purpose of these tests was to provide data for comparison with standard methods used to predict internal blast loads in a vented deflagration. The tests also provided a characterization of the internal DLG blast load environment for equipment qualification testing.

Phillip Hodge, Senior Process Safety Consultant, will present the paper “Commonly Encountered Problems in the Safety-Focused Design of Capital Projects” on October 25, 10:30 a.m. in the Ballroom.

This paper details lessons learned from common building design complications encountered in the process industries, with a focus on personnel safety. The paper contains examples of common building design issues and suggests methods avoid them. The paper discusses the safety-focused design requirements that are typically chosen for building projects as well as the potential impacts those requirements have on personnel safety and project cost.

BakerRisk will also host exhibitor booth 19 located in the Ballroom.