Aims & Scope
PSEP aims to be the principal international journal for publication of high quality, original papers in the branches of engineering concerned with the safety of industrial processes and the protection of the environment.
Papers showing how research results can be used in process engineering design, and accounts of experimental or theoretical research work bringing new perspectives to established principles, highlighting unsolved problems or indicating directions for future research, are particularly welcome. Contributions that deal with new developments in safety or environmental aspects of plant or processes and that can be given quantitative expression are encouraged. The journal is especially interested in papers that extend the boundaries of traditional engineering.
Core topic areas:
Risk Assessment and Reliability Engineering
• Risk assessment, risk management, consequence analysis, and uncertainty quantification.
• Supply chain risk management.
• Cyber and physical security vulnerability assessment.
• Risk assessment of hydrogen-based technologies.
• Human reliability analysis (HRA) and human-machine interface (HMI).
• Reliability predictions of integrated systems and high-temperature power electronics.
• Integrity management and reliability, availability and maintainability (RAM).
Technical Safety and Loss Prevention
• Fire and gas detection.
• Firewater systems.
• Functional safety and safety integrity levels (SIL)
• Layer of protection analysis (LOPA)
• Bowtie analysis.
• Emergency response
• HAZOP and other hazard/risk identification techniques.
• Modelling liquid, gaseous, and two-phase releases and dispersion.
• Consequence modelling, including: fire, explosion, toxic, eco-toxic effects and projectile impacts.
• Methods, including computational fluid dynamics (CFD).
• Accident investigation and modelling.
Chemical Toxicity and Exposure Assessment
• Toxic releases and exposure assessment.
• Process plant health issues.
Process Pipelines, Storage and Security
• Process pipelines security and terrorism.
• Pipeline leak detection and measurement and corrosion assessment.
• Carbon capture and storage (CCS) and CO2 transport.
Fire and Explosion
• Fire, combustion, and explosion phenomena.
• Dust explosions.
• Fire and blast protection and survivability.
Human Factors in Design and Management
• HSE performance measurement including leading and lagging indicators.
• Human and organizational factors in safety cases.
• Human performance optimization by design.
• SIMOPS (simultaneous operations).
• Situational awareness.
• Communications and risk control systems.
• Resilience engineering.
• Technical assurance and workforce training.
Inherent Safety and Inherently Safer Design • Hazard identification
• Design and development of new processes and equipment.
• Methodologies for ranking inherent safety.
• Retrofitting inherently safer solutions and upgrading existing plant for improved safety.
• Waste disposal.
• Design for decommissioning.
• Passively safe reactor designs.
• Nuclear reactor protective and monitoring systems.
• Chemical thermal stability and thermal reaction hazards.
• Influence of impurities on reaction hazards.
• Development of reactivity hazard index ranking tools.
• Runaway reactions, including detection and mitigation.
• Compatibility/reactivity of chemicals involved in a chemical process.
Industrial Hazards and Safety Cases
• Major accident hazards
• ALARP and cost-benefit analysis.
• Industrial safety cases.
Incident investigations and case histories
• Case histories of incidents and lessons learned integration into design and operations.
• Technical analysis of incidents.
• Computational modelling to simulate actual incidents
• Use of incidents in training and improvement of safety performance
• Incident investigation methodologies
• Incident databases and their applications.
Air pollution prevention and treatment
• Methods and technologies for prevention and treatment of air pollution
• Air dispersion modelling
• Prediction and mitigation of air pollution incidents
• Health impacts from air pollution
Resource and waste management
• Recovery and recycling of materials and products
• Energy from waste and alternative resources
• Waste minimisation
• Waste treatment technologies
Editors-in-Chief David Edwards (Safety) Granherne, UK,
Tom Stephenson (Environmental) Cranfield University, UK,
Editorial Consultants: John Perkins (Honorary Editor) Department for Business, Innovation and Skill (BIS), Her Majesty's Government, UK,
Stephen Richardson (Executive Editor) Imperial College London, UK,
Subject Area Editors: ,
Technical Safety and Loss Prevention Richard Gowland European Process Safety Centre, UK,
Faisal Khan Memorial University, Canada,
Chemical Safety and Occupational Health Mimi Hassim Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia,
Pipelines, Storage and Security Geoff Hankinson Loughborough University, UK,
Fire and Explosion Andrzej Pekalski Shell Global Solutions, UK,
John Hare Health and Safety Laboratory, UK,
Human Factors in Design and Management: Helen Conlin RPS Energy, UK,
Sue Cox Lancaster University Management School, UK,
Laurence Cusco Health and Safety Laboratory, UK,
Inherent Safety and Inherently Safer Design: José Lana Calvo Enagas, S.A., Spain,
Jai Gupta Indian Institute of Technology, India,
Brian Rothwell TransCanada Pipelines Ltd, Canada,
Nuclear Safety: Philip Thomas City University, UK,
Mike Weightman Nuclear Installations Inspectorate, UK,
Reaction Hazards: Rosa Nomen Universitat Ramon Llull, Spain,
Martin Pitt University of Sheffield, UK,
Julià Sempere Universitat Ramon Llull, Spain,
Risk and Risk Management Sam Mannan Texas A&M University, USA,
Mark Hailwood LUBW Landesanstalt für Umwelt, Messungen und Naturschutz Baden-Württemberg, Germany,
Mary Trainor Health and Safety Laboratory, UK,
Jill Wilday Health and Safety Laboratory, UK,
Energy and Alternate Energy Sources: Didier Lecomte Ecole des Mines d'Albi, France,
Chun-Zhu Li Curtin University of Technology, Australia,
Environmental and Resource Management Systems: Adisa Azapagic University of Manchester, UK,
Roland Clift University of Surrey, UK,
Markus Reuter Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands,
Clean Technology Barry Crittenden University of Bath, UK,
Paul Sharratt University of Manchester, UK,
Po-Lock Yue Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, China,
Resource Management Stephen Etheridge Asia Biogas Company Limited, Thailand,
Bob Skelton University of Cambridge, UK,
Water: Benoit Guieysse Massey University, New Zealand,
Akiyoshi Sakoda University of Tokyo, Japan