European Master and Certification Program
in Risk Engineering and Management

Fire and Explosion Protection

Course code: 161321
Language of instruction: English
Duration of the course: 17 days (153h)
Lecturers: Dr. rer. nat. Ronald Zinke (Otto-von-Guericke-Universit├Ąt Magdeburg)
Assessment: Transfer Paper [optional topic for Project Study Paper]
Credit points: 5 CPs

Short description

The module starts with the theory of fire and extinguishing, and thoroughly explains fire protection principles. Further, the course gives details related to the fire protection concepts including legal background and requirements with special focus on industrial fires and risk analysis. The course introduces basic principles and application of fire modeling, explains the phenomenon of a fire and gives an overview of the fire models and their hierarchy and discusses particular models, including numerical. The theoretical part is complemented with a number of examples, including calculations, which illustrate the use of different fire models.

The EU directive ATEX is presented in details, along with the principles of explosion prevention and protection. Its practical application in the industrial plants is explained on a series of real life examples.


The module aims one the one hand to increase the knowledge in the field of explosion protection and modeling, especially gas and vapor explosion, as well as gas dispersion modeling, using examples for applied methods. On the other hand students should also acquire knowledge about fire protection in industry based on the regulation and practice in EU. Here they should also be able to understand and apply the basics of fire modelling.

In the end of the courses a student will know:

  • explosion and fire characteristics and standardized methods to determine them
  • basic principles of explosion and fire prevention and protection
  • details about ATEX directive requirements and application

Target Attendees / Participants

  • Engineers from the Private and the Public sector
  • Law makers
  • Health, Safety and Environmental practitioners
  • Academics and Researchers from Industry
  • Design/Operations/Maintenance staff from all sectors
  • Project Management
  • HSE/Risk assessment/Safety consultant  
  • Students

Course Content by Units

ATEX-Directives and explosion characteristics

Explosion/Fire prevention

Explosion/Fire protection

Modeling of Gas Explosions

Modeling of Gas Dispersion

Case Studies of Accidents caused by Gas and Dust Explosions

Fire Protection in Industry (Fundamentals)

Fire protection concepts and application

Industrial fires

Fire modeling


Teaching Methods

The course includes:

  • introductory note explaining aim and structure of the course, and used methodology as well
  • ex cathedra lecturing illustrated by number of examples
  • case studies allowing students to understand problems and solutions
  • several collective exercise


Defined in the courses

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(Course profile ID: VI, generated on September 25, 2021)