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CRR 298/2000 Efficacy of water spray protection against butane jet fires impinging on Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) storage tanks

Liquefied Petroleum Gas (LPG) storage tanks are often provided with water sprays to protect them in the event of a fire. The objective of this work was to extend previous research with propane to include butane jet fires. These were known to have somewhat different characteristics and may result in different conclusions to those drawn from the earlier work with propane. A total of twenty butane tests are reported and these provide a direct comparison with the propane study. The results of this study will be used by the HSE in assessing the risk of accidental fires on LPG installations leading to BLEVE incidents.

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Updated 2010-03-18