A Study on Fire Explosion Characteristics via Physico-chemical Analysis of Petroleum Residues

석유 부산물의 물리화학적 분석을 통한 화재폭발 특성연구

  • Kim, Hyeonggi (Korea Fire Safety Institute) ;
  • Lee, Young-Seak (Department of Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry, Chungnam National University)
  • Received : 2019.07.30
  • Accepted : 2019.08.08
  • Published : 2019.10.10


In this study, the physical and chemical analyses of petroleum residues (pyrolized fuel oil, PFO) were conducted and major components were selected to investigate their fire and explosion characteristics. Major component distribution areas of the PFO were identified via the GC-SIMDIS and MALDI-TOF analyses. In addition, the qualitative analysis of major component distribution areas was performed by GC-MS analysis. Major components of pyrolysis residue were selected based on the results of various analyses such as EA, SARA and TGA. As a result, benzene, toluene and xylene were selected as major components. Finally, the process hazard analysis software tool (PHAST) analysis was performed to investigate the range of maximum damage effect in case of fire and explosion. Toluene presented the highest risk due to the radiation effect of $227kW/m^2$ and 118 m in the case of jet fire. Xylene and benzene showed the maximum radiant heat values of 114 and $151kW/m^2$, respectively. It was also confirmed from the analysis of pasquill stability and wind speed that the radiant heat increased up to 55% according to wind speed in benzene, which was considered to be a main factor increasing the influence range.


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