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Title: A framework for NaTech seismic risk assessment in industrial plants

Authors: Bernardino Chiaia; Valerio De Biagi; Cristina Zannini Quirini; Luca Fiorentini; Vinicio Rossini; Piera Maria Carli

Addresses: Department of Structural, Geotechnical and Building Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, Torino, 10129, Italy ' Department of Structural, Geotechnical and Building Engineering, Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi 24, Torino, 10129, Italy ' ARCOS Engineering, Corso Einaudi 18, Torino, 10129, Italy ' TECSA Srl, ViaFigino 101, Pero (MI), 20016, Italy ' EOS-Evolution of Safety Srl, Piazza della Vittoria 1, Lainate (MI), 20020, Italy ' EOS-Evolution of Safety Srl, Piazza della Vittoria 1, Lainate (MI), 20020, Italy

Abstract: In industrial districts, NaTech events are the causes of relevant accidents. The effects of the release of hazardous substances, the costs involved for rescue and chemical reclamation of ground and groundwater and the economical loss for the company may be enormous if one of such natural and technological events would happen. In order to identify those industrial items for which the seismic risk is high, a new approach based on a census data sheet and multi-criteria analysis taking into account both structural behaviour and industrial hazard is presented. The paper focuses the attention on the vulnerability analysis on refinery items, such as oil storage tanks and reactors/distillation towers.

Keywords: risk assessment; seismic hazards; NaTech events; refineries; seismic risks; industrial plants; earthquakes; multi-criteria analysis; structural behaviour; industrial hazards; vulnerability analysis; oil storage tanks; reactors; distillation towers; hazardous substances; natural disasters.

DOI: 10.1504/IJFE.2016.075993

International Journal of Forensic Engineering, 2016 Vol.3 No.1/2, pp.86 - 105

Available online: 20 Apr 2016 *

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