Explosion venting is a prevention/mitigation solution widely used in the process industry to protect indoor equipment or buildings from excessive internal pressure caused by an accidental explosion. Vented explosions are widely investigated in the literature for various geometries, hydrogen/air concentrations, ignition positions, initial turbulence, etc. In real situations, the vents are normally covered by a vent panel. In the case of an indoor leakage, the hydrogen/air cloud will be stratified rather than homogeneous. Nowadays there is a lack in understanding about the vented explosion of stratified clouds and about the influence of vent cover inertia on the internal overpressure. This paper aims at shedding light on these aspects by means of experimental investigation of vented hydrogen/air deflagration using an experimental facility of 1m3 and via numerical simulations using the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) code FLACS.
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