Analysis of industrial accidents triggered by natural events (NaTech – Natural Technological events)

In recent years an increase in the trend of natural disasters is observed due to climate changes. These phenomena can have a huge impact on chemical and process plants, leading to the damage of process equipment and the release of hazardous materials.

These scenarios are identified as Natural-Technological (NaTech) events and induce relevant risks for population and environment.

Main activities on this topic:

  • Development of fragility models for industrial equipment affected by natural events;
  • Simulation of accident scenarios;
  • Development of risk assessment methodologies;
  • Analysis of emergency measures;
  • Development of suitable mitigation and prevention actions.

Research group
Prof. Gabriele Landucci

External collaborations:
University of Bologna (Italy) www.unibo.it
TU Delft (the Netherlands) www.tudelft.nl


Funding:

  • “iNTeg-Risk – Early Recognition, Monitoring, and Integrated Management of Emerging, New Technology related, Risks”, 2008-2013 http://www.integrisk.eu-vri.eu
  • 2008-European Commission, 7th Framework Programme – Nanoscience, Nanotechnologies, Materials and New Production Technologies. Large scale integrating project (63 partners)

Main publications:

  • G. Landucci, G. Antonioni, A. Tugnoli, V. Cozzani, Release of hazardous substances in flood events: Damage model for atmospheric storage tanks, Rel Eng Syst Safety 2012, 106:200-216.
  • Necci, F. Argenti, G. Landucci, V. Cozzani, Accident scenarios triggered by lightning strike on atmospheric storage tanks, Rel Eng Syst Safety 2014; 127:30-46.
  • G. Landucci, A. Necci, G. Antonioni, A. Tugnoli, V. Cozzani, Release of hazardous substances in flood events: Damage model for horizontal cylindrical vessels, Rel Eng Syst Safety 2014, 132:125-145.
  • G. Antonioni, G. Landucci, A. Necci, D. Gheorghiu V. Cozzani, Quantitative assessment of risk due to NaTech scenarios caused by floods, Rel Eng Syst Safety 2015; 142: 334-345.