Hazardous Fluids Failure Analysis

WHA’s engineers are recognized among the world’s leading experts in fire, explosion, and failure investigations involving oxy-fuel, air-fuel, and other reactive or hazardous fluids. We’ve investigated hundreds of incidents, from small welding system fires to high-order industrial explosions. Our blast analysis and blast testing capabilities have helped set new standards and influenced the industrial, petrochemical, and gas distribution industries.

Equipment Investigated

Our experience with fire and blast covers a wide range of components and systems, including:

  • Production, storage, and distribution systems
    • Air separation plants
    • Bulk storage and portable systems
    • Pipeline applications
    • Compressor systems
  • Industrial systems
    • Minerals and chemical processing plants
    • GTL plants
    • Welding/cutting and allied processes
    • Cylinder gas filling facilities
    • Cylinder supply and distribution systems
  • Vehicle fuel systems
    • Compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle systems
    • Composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPV)
  • Synthesis gas systems
  • Reactor systems
  • Compressed Natural Gas and Propane Systems (including COPV fuel systems)
  • Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapor Explosions (BLEVE)

Hazardous Fluids Investigated

  • Fuel gases
    • Hydrogen
    • Acetylene
    • Propane
    • Natural gas
    • Methane
    • Propylene
    • Methyl mercaptan
  • Liquid fuels
    • Gasoline
    • Methanol
    • Diesel
    • Mineral spirits
    • Butadiene
  •  Inert gas and asphyxiants
    • Gaseous nitrogen (GN2)
    • Argon
    • Helium
  • Cryogenic liquids
    • Liquid oxygen (LOX)
    • Liquid nitrogen (LAN, LN2)
    • Liquid argon (LAR)
  • Liquified gases
    • Liquified petroleum gas (LPG)
    • Carbon dioxide (CO2)
    • Nitrous oxide (N2O)

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