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Liquid petroleum gas tank failure testing. Explosion of boiling liquid and vapour, known as a BLEVE (boiling liquid expanding vapour explosion). A BLEVE occurs following the rupture of a vessel containing a pressurized liquid above its boiling point. This explosion is part of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) tank failure testing. This involved jet fire impingement, a specific type of fire where a spray or jet of burning gas or liquid causes specific types of failures. This test was of a tank that was 70 percent full, containing 4 tonnes of fuel. The test was carried out by the UK's Health and Safety Laboratory. For the full sequence, see images C025/0162 to C025/0167.
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