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CHINA...... 3 FFs Killed In Gas Explosion.
« on: October 11, 2012, 03:52:48 PM »
The following was submitted by a Secret List member regarding this LPG tanker crash in China. Stop the video and review the frames to really see this. The tanker has significant damage to the front of the barrel over the fifth wheel (most likely from striking the tunnel entrance). This stressed container opens up in the area of the barrel head and immediately empties the liquid load by vaporization (up to 10,000 gallons) with tremendous ratio. Propane is 275:1. The "white smoke" in the news story is LPG vapor condensing the water molecules in the atmosphere. Judge for yourself the size of this vapor cloud based on time and fire apparatus in the film. No out running this!!
There is a car coming the opposite way that is enveloped by the cloud but the end of the footage does not show the vehicle still there. Most likely ignition is the fire apparatus if you look to see where the fire initiates.
What can we take away from this tragedy? Assessment of the problem as presented must be immediately commenced. In North America the DOT 331 standard for LPG bulk transport is a tough container designed to take a hit. We have no knowledge on the specifications with the Far East containers but still be aware here that a DOT container with the type of depression shown on the barrel head should be cause for concern. The MAWP can't be trusted. Get a pressure reading if possible and flare or transload. This damage type should prevent thoughts of lifting.
Next time your pondering the exclusion zone for a damaged container, use this as a mental reference. As always, say a prayer for the 3 Firefighters that did not go home. RIP.
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CHINA...... 3 FFs Killed In Gas Explosion.
« on: October 11, 2012, 03:52:48 PM »