Explosion Investigations

Offices, Medicash
Tuesday, 11 June 2019
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm (UK time)
    • Charlie Gardner, Burgoynes


Explosions result in very dramatic damage, which can be localised to the area or the building where it originated, or it can have far reaching effects to neighbouring properties and businesses. In this presentation we will detail the different types of explosions that can occur. Concentrating on combustion event explosions the presentation will detail the scientific theories behind explosions, how the patterns of damage influence the investigation process, investigative techniques to determine the type and source of the fuel for the explosion and common sources of ignition. This presentation is illustrated by a number of case studies of actual investigations undertaken by Burgoynes.

Learning Objectives

By attending this event, delegates will be able to describe:

• The different types of explosion that can occur
• The likely patterns of damage
• How the investigation process can determine the type and source of the fuel
• Common causes of ignition
• Actual examples of explosion investigations

Speaker Biography

Charlie Gardner, Burgoynes

Charlie graduated from Leeds University and received his PhD in 1998. He then carried out research and development for explosion protection firms in the UK and the US.
His land-based incidents range from domestic fires to large-scale industrial fires, as well as marine casualties. He has investigated fires and explosions on container vessels, bulk carrier and general cargo vessels, tankers, cruise ships, Ro-Ro ferries and yachts.
Charlie’s investigations have culminated in providing expert witness evidence in Crown Court. He has also contributed articles to periodicals and reference works and has lectured at a number of venues and to a range of audiences, including academic conferences and industrial forums.

  • Medicash Offices
  • 1 Derby Square
  • Liverpool
  • L2 1AB
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