09/10/2017
Dr. Martin Kluge (left) and Dr. Kai Holtappels (centre) of the Constructive Fire and Explosion Safety for Gases at the 13th European Congress on Disaster Management

Dr. Martin Kluge (left) and Dr. Kai Holtappels (centre) of the Constructive Fire and Explosion Safety for Gases Division spoke about their research into the effects of gas explosions and failure of gas containers on people and infrastructure at the 13th European Congress on Disaster Management.

Source: BAM

In addition to damage and hazards caused by natural disasters, disaster protection also includes technical disasters triggered by fires or explosions. BAM investigates such potential damage scenarios in experimental large-scale tests on its Test Site Technical Safety (TTS). The investigation includes, among other things, the effects of gas explosions or failure of gas containers on people and infrastructure. The aim is to estimate the dangers, consequences and damage that can be expected in an incident at an early stage, or to exclude or minimise them through suitable protective equipment and protective concepts. BAM presented this work, as well as the various testbeds, at this year's European Congress on Disaster Management.

The 13th European Congress on Disaster Management took place in Berlin from 19 to 20 September with a great national and international participation. The international conference regularly updates decision makers and stakeholders in national, European and international civil protection about the latest developments. BAM participated with an exhibition stand as a scientific-technical partner of stakeholders in civil protection. In addition, Dr. Kai Holtappels, Head of the Constructive Fire and Explosion Safety for Gases Division, presented BAM’s work in the expert forum on the topic "Cooperation and coordination of the operational forces in the CBRN case". CBRN is an abbreviation for chemical (C), biological (B), radiological (R) and nuclear (N) hazards. The term CBRN replaces the previously used expression ABC.

The TTS in Baruth/Mark provides BAM with a unique test facility in Europe that offers exceptional possibilities for the safety and technical investigation of reactive chemical substances, their transport packagings and technical systems from industry, transport and infrastructure.