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Definition funny of Bleve:
Acronym for "boiling liquid expanding vapor explosion". This type of explosion is extremely hazardous and can occur during the rupture of a vessel containing pressurized liquid. When the liquid is water, the explosion is usually called a steam explosion. An alternate, whimsical interpretation of the acronym is "Blast Leveling Everything Very Effectively."
A BLEVE can occur in a vessel that stores a substance under pressure where the stored contents coexist at high pressure in both a liquid and gaseous phase, e.g., liquefied petroleum gas. A BLEVE is possible for this type of container where sudden decompression within the container causes a rapid boiling of the liquid contents, resulting in an explosive overpressure at the point of rupture. A BLEVE can be prevented in the case of a venting gas cylinder by cooling the cylinder with water or foam, taking special care not to extinguish the flame in the process, until the leak is stopped or the cylinder emptied.
Books about Bleve:
Guidelines for Vapor Cloud Explosion, Pressure Vessel Burst, BLEVE and Flash Fire Hazards by Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) (Aug 16, 2010)
Guidelines for Evaluating the Characteristics of Vapor Cloud Explosions, Flash Fires, and BLEVEs by Center for Chemical Process Safety (CCPS) (Dec 15, 1994)
Incident analysis of Bucheon LPG filling station pool fire and BLEVE [An article from: Journal of Hazardous Materials... by K. Park, M. Sam Mannan, Y.D. Jo and J.Y. Kim (Sep 1, 2006)
Using liquid superheating energy for a quick estimation of overpressure in BLEVEs and similar explosions [An article... by J. Casal and J.M. Salla (Oct 11, 2006)
Potential for BLEVE associated with marine LNG vessel fires [An article from: Journal of Hazardous Materials] by R. Pitblado (Feb 20, 2007)
The boiling liquid expanding vapour explosion (BLEVE): Mechanism, consequence assessment, management [An article... by T. Abbasi and S.A. Abbasi (Mar 22, 2007)
A simplified model to predict the thermal response of PLG and its influence on BLEVE [An article from: Journal... by Y. Gong, W. Lin, A. Gu and X. Lu (Apr 30, 2004)