Major technological hazards in industrial activity.

lmeca2645  2019-2020  Louvain-la-Neuve

Major technological hazards in industrial activity.
Note from June 29, 2020
Although we do not yet know how long the social distancing related to the Covid-19 pandemic will last, and regardless of the changes that had to be made in the evaluation of the June 2020 session in relation to what is provided for in this learning unit description, new learnig unit evaluation methods may still be adopted by the teachers; details of these methods have been - or will be - communicated to the students by the teachers, as soon as possible.
3 credits
30.0 h
Dochain Denis;
Main themes
The course describes the nature of the major industrial hazards, introduces the physico-chemical modelling of the source term, the modelling of the dispersion of effluents, the design of safeguard systems, and the existence of the human factor. Moreover, it describes the context in which the engineer operates (economic, social and legal constraints), and introduces the safety culture and the quality culture.

At the end of this learning unit, the student is able to :

1 Considering the AA reference list of the programme "Master in Mechanical Engineering", this course contributes to the development ,  the acquisition and the evaluation of the following learning outcomes :
  • AA1.1, AA1.2, AA1.3
  • AA2.3, AA2.4, AA2.5
  • AA3.1, AA3.2
  • AA5.1, AA5.5, AA5.6
  • AA6.1, AA6.2
More precisely, at the end of the course, the student will be able :
  • to understand the notion of industrial risk, in particular via  several major reference technological disaster
  • to  use some  techniques  of evaluation and management of technological risks.

The contribution of this Teaching Unit to the development and command of the skills and learning outcomes of the programme(s) can be accessed at the end of this sheet, in the section entitled “Programmes/courses offering this Teaching Unit”.
Lectures aimed at developing a global approach of the studied problems. External speakers are regularly invited. The list of topics hereunder is given as an example: Elements of risk analysis. Hazards of the process industries: reference accidents. Hazards of the electro-nuclear industry; introduction to the biological effects of radiation; reference accidents. Dispersion models Elements of risk management. The human factor. The biological risk. Runaway reactions.
Teaching methods
Lectures and play on role
Evaluation methods
Three reports (visit of a Seveso type industrial site, play on role, computer exercise with a dispersion modelling tool) and discussion of the three reports.
  • Seveso type industrial visit : report of maximum 15 pages on the analysis of safety  and environmental (pollution, wastes) of a present or former SEVESO site, or part of a SEVESO site, or of one risky industrial site (see list available on the icampus site of the course)
  • Play on role : report of maximum 15 pages for each group on the play on role, including an individual evaluation of the play on role
  • Computer exercise :  report of maximum 15 pages
Weighting  : SEVESO work : 75%; play on role : 25%
Support de cours : Transparents du cours
Faculty or entity

Programmes / formations proposant cette unité d'enseignement (UE)

Title of the programme
Interdisciplinary Advanced Master in Science and Management of the Environment and Sustainable Development

Master [120] in Biomedical Engineering

Master [120] in Environmental Science and Management

Master [120] in Electro-mechanical Engineering

Master [120] in Chemical and Materials Engineering

Certificat universitaire de contrôle physique en radioprotection (Classe I)