Problems and perspectives in seismic QRA of chemical process plants for decision making

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Caputo Antonio C.

ASME Member, Department of Engineering, Roma Tre University, Via Vito Volterra 62, 00146, Rome Italy

Paolacci Fabrizio

ASME Member, Department of Engineering, Roma Tre University, Via Vito Volterra 62, 00146, Italy
fabrizio.paolacci@uniroma3 Rome.it

Bursi Oreste S.

ASME Member, Department of Civil, Environment and Mechanical Engineering, University of Trento, Via Mesiano 77, 38123, Trento, Italy

Giannini Renato

Department of Architecture, Roma Tre University, Via Aldo Manuzio 68L, 00153 Roma, Italy

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4040804 History: Received December 03, 2017; Revised July 05, 2018


Earthquakes represent a class of natural-technical (NaTech) hazards which in the past have been responsible of major accidents and significant losses in many industrial sites. However, while codes and standards are issued to design specific structures and equipment in the civil and industrial domain, established procedures for seismic quantitative risk assessment (QRA) of process plants are not yet available. In this paper, a critical review of seismic QRA methods applicable to process plants is carried out. Their limitations are highlighted and areas where further research is needed are identified.

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