Fire and explosion analysis


Space sector looks at reducing risk

Marex was asked to look at fire and explosion hazards associated with operations at a space launch site

We were invited by a company in the space sector to undertake consequence analysis modelling for the fire and explosion hazards associated with operations at a launch site in support of its case for safety.

The objectives of the study were as follows:

  • to analyse the consequences of fire and explosion events on personnel and equipment at the launch site using quantitative and qualitative techniques.
  • to determine the potential for fire and explosion event escalation to other hazardous consequences.
  • to identify deficiencies or opportunities for improvement and to make recommendations for measures required to reduce the fire and explosion risks to a level that is as low as reasonably practicable.

The quantitative modelling was performed using software tools to support the calculation and presentation of the physical effects from a range of loss of containment events.

Accident events modelled included the following:

  • gas dispersion
  • vapour cloud explosions
  • flash fires
  • fireballs
  • pool fires
  • boiling liquid expanding vapour explosions (BLEVE)

This enabled the client to review the adequacy of the controls in place to mitigate the physical effects arising from a wide range of accident events, thereby allowing for a determination as to whether risks have been reduced to as low as reasonably practicable.

Neil Smeaton

Neil Smeaton Risk manager and director

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