Considerable experimental and theoretical progress in the
understanding of explosions in offshore structures has been made
over the last decade.This report reviews this progress with special
emphasis on the degree of implementation of the new knowledge
gained into optimisation of structural design. Relevant explosion
research, since Piper Alpha is reviewed, concentrating on new
experimental studies and their interpretation and basic improvements in phenomenological
understanding. Progress in modelling and tools available for predicting explosion loading and explosion response is addressed.
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