United Kingdom Explosion Liaison Group
UKELG is a subject interest group which aims to stimulate the informal exchange of information on all aspects of explosions, including the analysis and prevention of accidental explosions.
UKELG is a registered charity, number 1080033. Click here to see the current trustees' report. Click here to see the Constitution.
Click here to see a New Year message from Hans Michels, UKELG chair.
Each year, on average, two UKELG meetings are organised by the committee. The topics discussed cover all aspects of explosion and related loss prevention. Usually there is a 'state of the art' talk, which introduces the topic under discussion, followed by further shorter talks presented by workers active in that area.
The UKELG committee are looking to the future. A short questionnaire has been sent to known participants and is also available here. Any further contributions would be appreciated. Alternatively if you have any suggestions for future meetings, please email the UKELG secretary from here.
UKELG aims to provide a forum
for the discussion of the current status and developments within the chosen
topic areas. To achieve this it actively encourages the presentation of recent
research results, especially work in progress and ideas in the making, coupled
with a full and frank discussion of the topics covered.
So as not to inhibit informal discussions and contributions, the proceedings are not published. At the request of the authors or with their agreement, some presentations are placed on this website, and these appear as links from the programmes of previous meetings accessible from the link below.
Any interested person is free to attend meetings, on payment of an appropriate fee to cover running costs. There is no annual membership fee. If you wish to be added to the emailing list to receive notifications of meeting please email the secretary from here.
The activities of UKELG are co-ordinated by a small committee drawn from industry, consultancy firms and universities. Meetings are held at universities, and scientific and research establishments all over the UK.
Click here to see a tribute to Professor D Huw Edwards, a co-founder of UKELG who died in 2003.
The next meeting will be held at the University of Leeds on 22nd September 2016 entitled Explosion Incidents, Evidence and Lessons Learnt. The programme and registration details are available here
A list of topics for possible future meetings is available here.
A list of the previous UKELG meetings is available here. In many cases, presentations that were made at each meeting are also available via links from the meeting programmes.
Links to details of other meetings and websites that may be of interest:
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