The MANHAZ Excellence Centre

Centrum Doskonałości MANHAZ

The MANHAZ Excellence Centre was organized in 2002 within European Union Research Fifth Framework Programme. Its profile is to work out safety/failure risk analyses for various industrial facilities mainly in the context of human health/environment protection.

The EU Cen­tre of Excel­lence „MANHAZ” – Mana­ge­ment of Health and Envi­ron­men­tal Hazards Was esta­bli­shed in 2002 within the 5th Fra­me­work Pro­gramme of the EU at the Insti­tute of Ato­mic Energy in Świerk. After mer­ging with the Insti­tute for Nuc­lear Stu­dies, CoE MANHAZ became a part of Nuc­lear Energy Divi­sion of the Natio­nal Cen­tre for Nuc­lear Rese­arch.

The main areas of the Cen­tre’s acti­vi­ties have been focu­sed on safety and secu­rity asses­sment and mana­ge­ment of che­mi­cal and nuc­lear instal­la­tions and trans­port sys­tems of dan­ge­rous goods in the aspect of mini­mi­za­tion of con­se­qu­ences for people and envi­ron­ment cau­sed by acci­dents or acts of ter­ror. It encom­pas­ses:

  • Asses­sment and mana­ge­ment of major acci­dent risks – advan­ced tools and infor­ma­tion sys­tems; methods, models, com­pu­ter pro­grams and data bases for full scope pro­ba­bi­li­stic risk asses­sment of che­mi­cal plants and nuc­lear instal­la­tions.
  • Mana­ge­ment of che­mi­cal hazards rela­ted to: emis­sion of che­mi­cals, their trans­port and disper­sion in envi­ron­ment, envi­ron­men­tal and health risk asses­sment, models, data bases, com­pu­ter sys­tems for deci­sion making.
  • Bay­esian infe­rence in risk asses­sment in run­ning of che­mi­cal and nuc­lear plants; sto­cha­stic event recon­struc­tion.
  • Software fra­me­work for deve­lo­ping high per­for­mance com­pu­ting (HPC) pac­ka­ges for the con­se­qu­ence ana­ly­sis of acci­dent.
  • Com­pu­ta­tio­nal Fluid Dyna­mics for safety and home­land secu­rity asses­sments, sys­tem design opti­mi­za­tion and high-reso­lu­tion 3D ther­mal hydrau­lic ana­ly­sis of indu­strial faci­lity com­po­nents.
  • Secu­rity ana­ly­sis of cri­ti­cal infra­struc­ture; gene­ral vul­ne­ra­bi­lity and risk asses­sment fra­me­work metho­do­lo­gies.
  • Deve­lop­ment of com­pu­terised sys­tems for emer­gency plan­ning and response, real-time com­pu­ter-aided emer­gency deci­sion sup­port sys­tems for com­plex tech­ni­cal faci­li­ties, tools for radio­lo­gi­cal risk asses­sment and deci­sion making.