Large fuel tanks are located in an urban area of Tsing Yi in Hong Kong, giving potentially high risks to people living nearby if a fire was to occur. Scale modeling experiments were carried out to investigate the potential of fire hazards. Propanol pool fires with five different scales of oil tanks were studied first. Appropriate tank sizes were then put in a 1/2500 architectural scale model on the Tsing Yi Island to study a fuel tank fire. Results show that the heat and smoke from a fire would affect occupants staying in areas near to the fuel tanks. Fire safety provisions in the storage areas must be demonstrated to function satisfactorily in big fire scenarios and upgraded when necessary. Emergency evacuation plans should be worked out to reduce the potential risk of having big disasters.
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Ng, Ho Yin; Wan, Yu; and Chow, Wan Ki
"A study on fire hazards of oil tanks in urban areas with scale model experiments,"
Progress in Scale Modeling, an International Journal: Vol. 2
, Article 2.
Available at: https://uknowledge.uky.edu/psmij/vol2/iss2/2