Earthquakes represent a class of natural-technical (NaTech) hazards which in the past have been responsible of major accidents and significant losses in many industrial sites. However, while codes and standards are issued to design specific structures and equipment in both the civil and industrial domain, established procedures for seismic quantitative risk assessment (QRA) of process plants are not yet available. In this paper, a critical review of seismic QRA methods applicable to process plants is carried out. Their limitations are highlighted and areas where further research is needed are identified. This will allow to refine modeling tools in order to increase the capabilities of risk analysis in process plants subjected to earthquakes.
Problems and Perspectives in Seismic Quantitative Risk Analysis of Chemical Process Plants
Manuscript received December 3, 2017; final manuscript received July 5, 2018; published online December 14, 2018. Assoc. Editor: Tomoyo Taniguchi.
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Caputo, A. C., Paolacci, F., Bursi, O. S., and Giannini, R. (December 14, 2018). "Problems and Perspectives in Seismic Quantitative Risk Analysis of Chemical Process Plants." ASME. J. Pressure Vessel Technol. February 2019; 141(1): 010901. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4040804
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