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Some of my Accidents

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I have over the last 40 years investigated a number of accidents, mainly in the chemical process industries and specifically in the oil and gas industries. Over that period, my research has become almost entirely focused on what is called blowdown, that is the depressurisation, whether accidental or deliberate, of systems (vessels and pipelines) containing high-pressure hydrocarbons. In this talk, I will discuss very briefly four of these accidents: Umm Said in 1977, Ocean Odyssey in 1988, Longford in 1998 and P36 Roncador in 2001. I will then discuss in a bit more detail the accident on Piper Alpha in which 167 men died in 1988 (two months before Ocean Odyssey) and will draw some lessons that seem to me to be common to many other accidents.

This talk is part of the Cambridge Society for the Application of Research (CSAR) series.

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