Explosion Hazards in the Process Industries

Postgraduate course

Course description

Objectives and Content


The course provides an overview of explosion hazards in the process industry. The teaching emphasises understanding of physical phenomena and risk-reducing measures.



The course introduces basic concepts, terminology and phenomena related to industrial explosions, such as physical and chemical explosions, as well as principles for active and passive prevention and mitigation of accidental explosions. The lectures emphasise lessons learnt from accidental explosions accidents in industry.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:



The student is able to:

  • discuss classification of explosion phenomena based on the physical and chemical processes involved
  • describe ignition and combustion phenomena in gases, mists, duct clouds, pyrotechnics, propellants and condensed explosives
  • explain methods for active and passive prevention and mitigation of explosions
  • explain the principles for classification of hazardous areas
  • explain the principles for design of electrical apparatuses for use in hazardous areas
  • describe the chain of events and lessons learnt from selected accidents



The student is able to:

  • discuss relevant means of explosion protection for a given industrial facility, and give examples of past accidents in similar facilities
  • perform simple laboratory experiments involving gas and dust explosions
  • give a clear oral presentation of solution to relevant exercises


General competence

The student is able to

  • identify relevant explosions hazards for a given system
  • propose suitable risk-reducing measures for a given system
  • combine various principles for explosion protection for a given system

ECTS Credits


Level of Study


Semester of Instruction


Place of Instruction

Required Previous Knowledge
Recommended Previous Knowledge
PHYS111, PHYS112, KJEM110, KJEM210/PHYS113, ENERGI257 (can be taken in parallel), ENERGI352 (can be taken in parallel).
Credit Reduction due to Course Overlap
PTEK250: 10 SP
Access to the Course
Access to the course requires admission to a Master or PhD program at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Teaching and learning methods

Lectures: 3 hours per week

Laboratory exercises: 4 mandatory exercises

Activity: 13-14 weeks

Compulsory Assignments and Attendance

Mandatory attendance at laboratory exercises (4 out of 4) and approved laboratory reports (4 out of 4).

Compulsory assignments are valid in 2 subsequent semesters.

Forms of Assessment
Oral exam, constitutes 100 % of the total grade
Grading Scale
The grading scale used is A to F.
Assessment Semester
Examination in autumn semester only.
Reading List
The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester.
Course Evaluation
The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality control system at UiB and the department.
Examination Support Material
Programme Committee
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the programme and courses.
Course Coordinator
Contact information for the course coordinator is available at "Mitt UiB", alternatively contact the student advisor.
Course Administrator
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences and Department of Physics and Technology are administratively responsible for the course.