The R&D team at GexCon originated from the gas and dust explosion research performed at the Christian Michelsen Institute (CMI) up to 1992, and then at Christian Michelsen Research (CMR) until 2000. The explosion activities at CMI started in the 1970s, initially with dust explosions. The gas explosion activity started around 1980, and has since then been the main focus of the team. In addition to its own research projects, the group has also benefitted from research results performed by other organizations through cooperation and exchange of results agreements.

GexCon has participated in extensive research and development efforts, which include:

Gas Safety Research

  • Sikkerhet på sokkelen (1978-1980); Norwegian research program doing early investigations of gas explosion hazards.
  • GEP80-86, Gas Explosion Programme 1980-1986: JIP research project with 6 sponsors on gas explosion hazards, main results were experimental results and FLACS-86
  • GEP87-89, Gas Explosion Programme 1987-1989: 3 sponsors, main result FLACS-89 and experimental results
  • GSP90-92, Gas Safety Programme 1990-1992: JIP with 11 sponsors, main results were FLACS-93, Gas Explosion Handbook, m-FLACS, and experimental results
  • GSP93-96, Gas Safety Programme 1993-1996: JIP with 10 sponsors, main results were FLACS-94,-95 and -96, and various experimental results
  • GSP97-99, Gas Safety Programme 1997-1999: JIP with 10 sponsors, main results were FLACS-97, -98 and 99, and various experimental results
  • LICOREFLA, Gas/aerosol Safety Research Programme 2000-2001: JIP with 8 sponsors
  • MEXOS, Mist explosions offshore 1990-92: Research project considering oil mist explosions
  • MERGE + EMERGE, Gas explosion EU-project 1991-1996: Cooperation between, among others, BG, TNO, CMR and Shell
  • MOGELEG, 1998: Project with 5 sponsors looking into the effects of inert gases on gas explosions
  • SEAWATER, 1998: Experimental project with large scale explosions using seawater deluge (instead of normal fresh water)
  • DINGESS, 1999: Project looking into mitigation of explosions using superheated water
  • Phase 3B 1999-2000: JIP in cooperation with BG and Shell, looking into generation of, and explosions in realistic flammable clouds
  • Hydrogen Safety Project 2001-2004, sponsors Statoil/Hydro/IHI (Lab scale experiments and simulations to build knowledge about hydrogen safety)
  • SEBK 2000-2003, Multisponsor project to study transformer explosion challenges and mitigation
  • FLIE 2001-2004, Flashing liquids in Industrial Environments, EU-project coordinated by GexCon
  • HYSAFE 2004-2009, Partner in EU Network of Excellence within hydrogen safety

Dust Explosion Research

  • Explosions in silos 1980-1982: Full scale realistic silo explosions for Norwegian, European and American wheat industry
  • Silo explosions 1984-1990: Similar tests at Sotra site in test silo
  • Ignition of dust 1983-1986: Sponsored by US wheat industry
  • Explosions in filters 1988-1990: Sponsored by Norwegian and European process industry
  • Explosions in connected pipes 1988-1990: Sponsored by Norwegian and European process industry
  • CREDIT 1994-1996: European union cooperation project on topics around dust explosion safety
  • DESC 2001-2004: European Union project with 10 partners developing a CFD tool for dust explosions based on FLACS (Coordinator HSL)
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