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Kevin Mueller

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September 10, 2015

Fire & Blast: Like Two Peas in a Pod

by Kevin Mueller

I had the privilege this past week of attending and presenting Hinman’s current research on a simplified multi-hazard analysis approach for crude-oil train derailments at the 1st International Conference on Structural Safety under Fire and Blast. Approximately 80 delegates from 14 countries within North America, Asia, and Europe convened in Glasgow, Scotland for the 3 day conference to discuss recent advances and issues surrounding the behavior of structures under fire and blast loads.

July 07, 2015

Safety and Security of LNG Powered Cruise Ships

by Kevin Mueller

Historically, cruise ships utilize large diesel engines and transmissions (similar to vehicles) to generate the power needed for propulsion. As cruise ships became larger and the demand for electricity substantially increased, diesel-electric engines became the norm with hybrid propulsion systems. While improvements have been made on the propulsion system with more advanced propellers, fundamentally the power system for cruise ships have remained unchanged for years. The technology to power ships using alternative fuels such as LNG has been available for quite some time, but the infrastructure needed for wide-spread operation does not fully exist.

February 05, 2015

Protecting Our Infrastructure From Hydrocarbon Fires

by Kevin Mueller

The 2013 “Report Card for America’s Infrastructure,” published by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), rates the current state of our country’s infrastructure as a D+. Anyone who went through the public education system in the United States knows that D+ is barely above failure. The estimated investment for infrastructure alone needed by the year 2020 is $3.6 trillion, just under the entire 2016 United States government budget submitted by President Obama to Congress. While the task may seem daunting considering the required investment comes out to over $11k per capita (based on the United States Census Bureau online population clock), government at all levels and the civil engineering community are working to try and reverse course.