June 28, 2015 to July 2, 2015
JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort
Etc/GMT-7 timezone

Numerical and experimental verification of physical blast thermodynamic model

Jul 1, 2015, 3:00 PM
Tucson Ballroom IJ

Tucson Ballroom IJ

Contributed Oral Presentation CEC-11 - Safety, Reliability, and Standards C3OrH - Cryogenic Safety


Artur Iluk (Technical University of Wroclaw)


Helium inventory in big cryogenic systems may be of the order of hundred tons. During the warm up of the machine the helium has to be stored in warm pressurized tanks. A potential rupture of the tank may create a danger to adjacent objects. In order to formulate recommendations concerning storage of compressed gases in close vicinity of nuclear installations, like tokamaks, a thermodynamic model of physical blast has been formulated [1]. The model has been experimentally verified in laboratory scale test rig. To simulate rupture of compressed gas storage tanks, plastic tanks have been used. Scaling of the results to real cases like ITER compressed gas inventory requires good understanding of potential rupture of high volume gas storage tanks. Numerical model of tanks rupture have been elaborated and verified against experimental results. The model allows scaling of thermodynamic simplified description to real gas storage installations. [1] M. Grabowski et al. Modelling and experimental verification of pressure wave following gaseous helium storage tank rupture, ICEC-25, Twente

Primary author

Prof. Maciej Chorowski (Wroclaw University of Technology)


Dr Artur Iluk (Wroclaw University of Technology) Dr Artur Jedrusyna (Wroclaw University of Technology) Jaroslaw Polinski (Wroclaw University of Technology) Mr Maciej Grabowski (Wroclaw University of Technology)

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