El CERTEC duu a terme recerca sobre el risc associat a activitats industrials i al transport de mercaderies perilloses i sobre el risc ambiental que suposa l'activitat humana. Les principals línies en les que es treballa són:
--Fiabilitat de processos: predicció de la probabilitat/freqüència dels accidents
--Modelització matemàtica dels accidents greus (incendis, explosions, fuites tòxiques). Avaluació dels seus efectes i de les seves conseqüències sobre persones, equipament i entorn.
--Modelització d'incendis forestals: comportament i característiques del foc, efecte dels productes retardants, simulacions CFD.
--Optimització d'instal·lacions: reducció del risc.
--Avaluació del risc ambiental: impacte ambiental en ports, risc ambiental de les substàncies químiques.

A més dels estudis teòrics, el CERTEC duu a terme experimentació a escala real (incendis de vessaments d'hidrocarburs, dolls de foc, núvols de gas, incendis forestals)i reduïda (taula de combustió per incendis forestals).

http://futur.upc.edu/CERTEC

The objective of the Centre for Technological Risk Studies (CERTEC) is to carry out research in the fields of technological risk and environmental impact (mathematical modelling of major accidents, fires, explosions, toxic releases, transportation of hazardous materials, environmental impact, etc.)
The main research lines are the study of hydrocarbon pool-fires; the mathematical modelling of major accidents; risk analysis in the transportation of hazardous materials; the assessment of the environmental state of sea ports; and the study of wildfires.

http://futur.upc.edu/CERTEC

The objective of the Centre for Technological Risk Studies (CERTEC) is to carry out research in the fields of technological risk and environmental impact (mathematical modelling of major accidents, fires, explosions, toxic releases, transportation of hazardous materials, environmental impact, etc.)
The main research lines are the study of hydrocarbon pool-fires; the mathematical modelling of major accidents; risk analysis in the transportation of hazardous materials; the assessment of the environmental state of sea ports; and the study of wildfires.

http://futur.upc.edu/CERTEC

Recent Submissions

  • Study of the daily and seasonal atmospheric CH4 mixing ratio variability in a rural Spanish region using Rn-222 tracer 

    Grossi, Claudia; Vogel, F. R.; Curcoll, Roger; Agueda Costafreda, Alba; Vargas Drechsler, Arturo; Rodó, Xavier; Morguí, Josep Anton (2018-04-26)
    Article
    Open Access
    The ClimaDat station at Gredos (GIC3) has been continuously measuring atmospheric (dry air) mixing ratios of carbon dioxide (CO2) and methane (CH4), as well as meteorological parameters, since November 2012. In this study ...
  • Interpolation framework to speed up near-surface wind simulations for data-driven wildfire applications 

    Rios, Oriol; Jahn, Wolfram; Pastor Ferrer, Elsa; Valero Pérez, Mario Miguel; Planas Cuchi, Eulàlia (2018-04-23)
    Article
    Open Access
    Local wind fields that account for topographic interaction are a key element for any wildfire spread simulator. Currently available tools to generate near-surface winds with acceptable accuracy do not meet the tight time ...
  • Prediction of lift-off distance in choked and subsonic hydrogen jet fires 

    Bradley, Dereck; Casal Fàbrega, Joaquim; Palacios, Adriana (2017-11-23)
    Article
    Open Access
    Hydrogen jet flames, as a consequence of their greater reactivity, have a number of characteristics that are different from other flames. These are reviewed, as are the various attempts that have been made to characterise, ...
  • Temporal and spatial variability of ground level atmospheric methane concentrations in the Ebro River Delta 

    Agueda Costafreda, Alba; Grossi, Claudia; Pastor Ferrer, Elsa; Rioja, Eva (2017-07)
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    Restricted access - publisher's policy
    Deltas provide many worthy ecosystem services. Yet, delta basins are quite vulnerable, especially in the face of climate change, which can affect the outcome of both agriculture and biodiversity. Moreover, rice paddy ...
  • Configuration factors for ground level fireballs with shadowing 

    Vílchez, Juan Antonio; Muñoz, Miguel; Bonilla, Juan M.; Planas Cuchi, Eulàlia (2018-01-01)
    Article
    Open Access
    This paper presents new configuration factors for a fireball located at ground level, as radiation emitting source, and a differential receiver, considering the shadow effect of a third finite area that stands between them. ...
  • A new method for performing smouldering combustion field experiments in peatlands and rich-organic soils 

    Pastor Ferrer, Elsa; Oliveras Menor, Immaculada; Urquiaga-Flores, Erickson; Quintano Loayza, Jose Antonio; Manta Nolasco, Maria Isabel; Planas Cuchi, Eulàlia (2017-12-08)
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    Open Access
    Smouldering ground fires have severe environmental implications. Their main effects are the release of large amounts of carbon to the atmosphere with loses of organic soil and its biota. Quantitative data on the behaviour ...
  • Assessment of the predictive capabilities of different modelling tools to forecast fire effects in residential compartments 

    Rengel Darnaculleta, Francisco de Borja; Pastor Ferrer, Elsa; Planas Cuchi, Eulàlia; Bartolomé, Albert; Mata Miquel, Cristian; Rios Rubiras, Oriol (Universidad de Cantabria, 2017)
    Conference report
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    Residential occupancies are the most common type of buildings where compartment fires occur. In order to provide fire protection in these occupancies and thus to significantly reduce the number of future victims, the ...
  • Pyrolysis gases released during the thermal degradation of insulation materials based on straw fibers 

    Chetehouna, Khaled; Belayachi, Naïma; Lemée, Laurent; Hoxha, Dashnor; Rengel Darnaculleta, Francisco de Borja (Springer, 2015-07-16)
    Article
    Open Access
    Interest in recovering and valorizing agricultural biomass residues has increased in recent years in response to emerging economic opportunities and the potential for more sustainable use of renewable and easy available ...
  • Investigation on the thermal degradation and kinetic parameters of innovative insulation materials using TGA-MS 

    Chetehouna, Khaled; Belayachi, Naïma; Rengel Darnaculleta, Francisco de Borja; Hoxha, Dashnor; Gillard, Philippe (2015-04-13)
    Article
    Open Access
    Thermogravimetric analyzer coupled to a mass spectrometer (TGA-MS) was used to study the thermochemical behavior of eight samples. Two varieties of straw (wheat and barley) and two others of binder (lime and plaster) have ...
  • Computational analysis of fire dynamics inside a wind turbine 

    Rengel Darnaculleta, Francisco de Borja; Pastor Ferrer, Elsa; Hermida, Debora; Gómez, Eugenio; Molinelli, Luis; Planas Cuchi, Eulàlia (2017-06-15)
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    Wind turbines are generally considered cost-effective, reliable and sustainable energy sources. Fires are not common in wind turbines, but a significant number of fires occur every year due to the large number of turbines ...
  • A new procedure to estimate BLEVE overpressure 

    Hemmatian, Behrouz; Casal Fàbrega, Joaquim; Planas Cuchi, Eulàlia (2017-10-01)
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    Open Access
    Several methodologies, based on different thermodynamic assumptions and requiring substance properties and thermodynamic data, have been proposed in the literature for the prediction of the mechanical energy released by a ...
  • Flame filtering and perimeter localization of wildfires using aerial thermal imagery 

    Valero Pérez, Mario Miguel; Verstockt, Steven; Rios, Oriol; Pastor Ferrer, Elsa; Vandecasteele, Florian; Planas Cuchi, Eulàlia (2017)
    Conference report
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    Airborne thermal infrared (TIR) imaging systems are being increasingly used for wild fire tactical monitoring since they show important advantages over spaceborne platforms and visible sensors while becoming much more ...

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