COMPUTER MODELLING OF ELECTROSTATIC CONDITIONS AND HAZARDS IN TANK WASHING

It is shown how a computer program for solving Poisson's equation in complex three-dimensional structures can be used for quantitative interpretation of electrostatic fieldmeter observations in practical situations. Computations are presented relating to interpretation of electrostatic conditions during shipboard studies of tank washing operations in the cargo tanks of crude oil carriers. The paper also discusses how the program was used to assess electrostatic ignition hazards by modelling possible discharge situations involving slugs of water and calculating the discharge energies which would be available as a function of geometric and electrostatic conditions.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Elsevier

    Radarweg 29
    Amsterdam,   Netherlands  1043 NX
  • Authors:
    • Chubb, J N
    • Brown, K P
    • Butterworth, G J
  • Publication Date: 1980-6

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  • Accession Number: 00331614
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 12 1981 12:00AM