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RR587 - DISPOSE: Large scale experiments for void fraction measurement during venting

The AWARD (Advanced Warning and Runaway Disposal) Project addressed the needs to detect runaway initiation in advance so that appropriate countermeasures can be taken and to design emergency relief systems for chemical reactors. The missing step in the design of runaway reactor relief systems was the availability of reliable methods for predicting level swell in the reactor during venting and hence the quantity of liquid requiring to be dealt with by a disposal system (quench tank, catch tank, etc.).

This report and the work it describes were funded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) together with the European Commission under the Competitive and Sustainable Growth Programme (project G1RD-2001-00499), Astra Zeneca plc, Syngenta plc, Yule Catto plc and BS&B Safety Systems. Its contents, including any opinions and/or conclusions expressed, are those of the authors alone and do not necessarily reflect HSE policy.

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Updated 2009-05-01