The most widely used definition of energy for predicting bursting vessels is Brode energy. There are, however, limitations to the application of this definition to many real-world problems due to the assumptions upon which it is based. This paper presents an evaluation of the applicability of the Brode equation, its common interpretation and limitations, and an evaluation of alternative definitions of energy for bursting vessel and Boiling Liquid Expanding Vapour Explosion (BLEVE) prediction. An illustrative example of the recommended approach is provided.

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