About this project
A gas bulb – intended for the storage of lpg – that was engineered years ago: does it still meet the strict requirements we set today? Vicoma provided the answer to this question from a prominent client. Spoiler alert: yes, those bulbs are still sufficient.
The requirements for the production of gas bulbs are different than in the past. The risks – terror threat first – also. Reason for our client to have a check calculation performed. The spheres, located near Rotterdam, could pose a potential hazard in the event of an explosion. Because if one sphere explodes, what happens to the other ten in close proximity?
Everything is fine
An FEM calculation by Vicoma showed the effect. The pressure wave after the explosion first pushes the nearby spheres away and then changes into a suction effect. However, large forces are exerted on the sphere that actually moves. But that force is of such a short duration that the sphere withstands the temporary deformation without any problem. The conclusion is that the site is safe.