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GexCon releases new FLACS-Fire software package

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

GexCon has announced the release of a landmark software package, FLACS-Fire. Tailor-made for the oil and gas processing and industrial segments, FLACS-Fire combines optimal usability with an ability to generate models of jet and pool fires.

FLACS-Fire has been in development for the past eight years, with a dedicated team working to create a package that dovetails seamlessly with FLACS – sharing the same interface and advanced modeling characteristics. This translates into an easy learning curve for users, increased workflow efficiencies and fast, accurate results.

Djurre Siccama, GexCon Vice President Products, commented: “Fore modeling has been the missing link for our users, particularly in the offshore oil and gas segment, where high momentum jet fires and pool fires are major hazards. This new software, which can be used as an add-on to FLACS or a standalone product, address that”.

“It’s what the industry’s been asking for. All the advantages of FLACS in a full 3D, CFD, fire-specific package. This will lead to greater efficiencies, detailed modeling – with our ability to include geometry such as equipment and piping, which affects fire behaviour – and tangible savings for client companies. For example, they can now create cost effective, optimized designs, while also increasing safety, by only installing fire prevention measures where they’re actually needed, rather than throughout the entire facility. In that way FLACS-Fire represents a truly unique investment”.

The extensively validated, Windows and Linux-supported package models a wide range of scenarios, including jet fires in cross winds, flash fires, over ventilated compartment fires, and large-scale field experiments. Typical application areas include escape route impairment (modeling heat, smoke, visibility .etc.), vessel heat-up modelling, offshore and onshore installations, and factory building fires.

CEO Sturle Pedersen said: “This is a milestone for GexCon. We now have a fully comprehensive explosion, gas dispersion and fire modelling proposition, built on decades of expertise and an intimate knowledge of our customers and their business areas. Through continual development we aim to consolidate GexCon’s market position and enhance our software, delivering on our commitment to ‘safety first’ for all our customers, in all their individual segments, all around the world”.

Adapted from a press release by Emma McAleavey.

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