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).

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.

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.

Recent Submissions

  • Large outdoor fires and the built environment: summary of kick-off workshop 

    Manzello, Samuel; McAllister, Sara; Suzuki, Sayaka; Blanchi, Raphaelle; Pastor Ferrer, Elsa; Ronchi, Enrico (2019-02-01)
    External research report
    Open Access
    The kickoff workshop of the new permanent working group, sponsored by the International Association for Fire Safety Science (IAFSS), entitled Large Outdoor Fires and the Built Environment was held from 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm ...
  • Crater formation by the rupture of underground natural gas pipelines: a probabilistic-based model 

    Amaya Gómez, Rafael; Ramírez Camacho, Jaime Giovanni; Pastor Ferrer, Elsa; Casal Fàbrega, Joaquim; Muñoz Giraldo, Felipe (Elsevier, 2018-06-01)
    Article
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    Parallel and crossing pipelines are frequently implemented due to land-use restrictions and their ease of operation and maintenance. Given the proximity of these pipelines and the hazardousness of the substances they ...
  • A data-driven fire spread simulator: validation in Vall-llobrega's Fire 

    Ríos, Oriol; Valero Pérez, Mario Miguel; Pastor Ferrer, Elsa; Planas Cuchi, Eulàlia (2019-03-28)
    Article
    Open Access
    A Data-Driven Fire Spread Simulator: Validation in Vall-llobrega’s Fire Oriol Rios, Mario Miguel Valero, Elsa Pastor* and Eulàlia Planas Department of Chemical Engineering, Centre for Technological Risk Studies, Universitat ...
  • BLEVE: The case of water and a historical survey 

    Hemmatian, Behrouz; Casal Fàbrega, Joaquim; Planas Cuchi, Eulàlia; Rashtchian, Davood (2019-01-01)
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    After a short update of the current more accepted definition of BLEVE, the special features of water BLEVEs are analyzed. The stronger overpressure wave generated in the case of water as compared to that of other substances ...
  • Risk analysis of LPG tanks at the wildland-urban interface: are regulated safety distances large enough? 

    Pastor Ferrer, Elsa; Caballero, David; Martín, Jesús; Planas Cuchi, Eulàlia (2018)
    Conference report
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  • Summary of workshop large outdoor fires and the built environment 

    Manzello, Samuel; Blanchi, Raphaele; Gollner, Michael; Gorham, Daniel; McAllister, Sara; Pastor Ferrer, Elsa; Planas Cuchi, Eulàlia; Reszka, Pedro; Suzuki, Sayaka (2018-09-01)
    Article
    Open Access
    Large outdoorfires present a risk to the built environment. Wildfires that spread into communities, referred to as Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI)fires, havedestroyed communities throughout the world, and are an emerging ...
  • Atmospheric Carbon Dioxide variability at Aigüestortes, Central Pyrenees, Spain 

    Curcoll, Roger; Camarero, Lluís; Bacardit, Montse; Agueda Costafreda, Alba; Grossi, Claudia (2018-01-01)
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  • On the use of compact thermal cameras for quantitative wildfire monitoring 

    Valero Pérez, Mario Miguel; Jimenez, Daniel; Butler, Bret W.; Mata Miquel, Cristian; Rios Rubiras, Oriol; Pastor Ferrer, Elsa; Planas Cuchi, Eulàlia (2018)
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    In recent times, there have been significant developments in remote sensing techniques applied to forest fire research. In particular, infrared (IR) imagery has proved effective to measure variables such as rate of spread, ...
  • Management of an infrared imaging system for wildfire monitoring 

    Mata Miquel, Cristian; Valero Pérez, Mario Miguel; Pastor Ferrer, Elsa; Planas Cuchi, Eulàlia (2018)
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    In this work, we present our system architecture developed to manage and pre- and post-process TIR (thermal infrared) imagery for wildfire applications. It is mainly composed of an acquisition module, a preprocessing unit ...
  • Transportation of hazardous materials via pipeline: a historical overview 

    Bubbico, Roberto; Casal Fàbrega, Joaquim; Pastor Ferrer, Elsa; Santone, Francesco (2018-01-01)
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    The transportation of hazardous materials via pipelines is often considered a safer alternative to other transportation modalities such as railway, road and ship. However, pipelines often cross industrial and highly populated ...
  • A priori validation of CFD modelling of hydrocarbon pool fires 

    Rengel Darnaculleta, Francisco de Borja; Mata Miquel, Cristian; Pastor Ferrer, Elsa; Casal Fàbrega, Joaquim; Planas Cuchi, Eulàlia (2018-08-04)
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    Fires can be an important hazard for the safety of chemical and process industries. Particularly, pool fires are the most frequent fire scenarios in such facilities and can affect other equipment of the plant with severe ...
  • GIS-based integration of spatial and remote sensing data for wildfire monitoring 

    Valero Pérez, Mario Miguel; Rios, Oriol; Mata Miquel, Cristian; Pastor Ferrer, Elsa; Planas Cuchi, Eulàlia (2018)
    Conference report
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    The impact of wildfires on society is increasing. Annually burned area, fire season length and fire severity have increased during the last decade in several regions of the world, and a number of tragic events have occurred ...

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