For hydrogen safety studies it is important to study both the dispersion and the resulting explosion of the mixture. A simplified approach in a safety study would frequently assume that the entire tank contents can contribute to an explosion if released. However, actual hydrogen releases seldom follow this approach and a detailed dispersion study may indicate that only a very limited amount of hydrogen will contribute to an explosion if ignited. Below two gas clouds are compared.  The upper image shows the resulting worst-case gas cloud predicted by a dispersion simulation, while the lower image shows an unrealistic worst-case cloud assuming that all available hydrogen can form a stoichiometric cloud if released in a tunnel.  The explosion pressures obtained if the unrealistic cloud is ignited would be 1-2 orders of magnitude higher than those obtained from an ignition of the upper, worst-case gas cloud predicted from a realistic dispersion calculation.

hydrogen safety, release and dispersion

Traditional, unrealistic gas cloud assumption

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