Ronald Pape

Ronald Pape, Ph.D., P.E., CFEI

Senior Managing Consultant

Dr. Ronald Pape has over 43 years of experience in explosion and fire investigations, with emphasis on explosion effects, ignition testing, electrostatic hazards, chemical reaction, particulate flow, multiphase reactive flow modeling, detonation and combustion phenomena, fire modeling, dispersion modeling, hazards analysis, hazards classification, heat transfer, fluid dynamics, and thermodynamics.

At ESi, Dr. Pape has been involved in the investigation of numerous explosions and fires. Investigations have involved gas explosions, dust explosions, incidents in a variety of process plant operations, boiler explosions, and the investigation of incidents in other industrial systems. These have included determining the potential for electrostatic initiation in powder handling operations, liquid hydrocarbon transfer, solvent parts cleaning, electrically isolated filter units in process equipment, and other operations. For certain explosion investigations, air blast and ground shock calculations have been performed. Dr. Pape has also conducted a number of dispersion analyses to predict concentrations of flammable or toxic vapors using computational fluid dynamics and various dispersion models.


  • Apparent Discrepancies in Methods for Predicting the Explosion Energies and Blast Effects of BLEVEs, American Institute of Chemical Engineers 2016 Spring Meeting, 12th Global Conference on Process Safety, April 2016
  • Thermal Degradation and Ignition Characteristics of Clothes Dryer Lint, Journal of Failure Analysis and Prevention, June 2012
  • Explosion Phenomena and Effects of Explosions on Structures, Part 2 - Methods of Analysis (Explosion Effects), ASCE Practice Periodical on Structural Design and Construction, May 2010
  • Fires and Explosions: Combustibility of Metals, Advanced Materials & Processes Feature Article, December 2009
  • Scaling Considerations for Gasoline Spill Simulation Experiments, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1st International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, August 2003
  • A Non-Hazardous Methodology for Examining Heavier Than Air, Flammable Vapors Under Residential Conditions Exposed to Household Appliance Ignition Sources, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 1st International Energy Conversion Engineering Conference, August 2003
  • The Use of FDS for Estimation of Flammable Gas/Vapor Concentrations, Society of Fire Protection Engineers, 3rd Technical Symposium on Computer Applications in Fire Protection Engineering, September 2001
  • A Survey of Analytical Tools for Explosion Investigations, Journal of Pyrotechnics
  • Development of a Thermite Bullet System for the Humanitarian Demining Neutralization Program, Maui UXO Site Remediation Technology Conference, November 1999
  • Practical Analytical Techniques for Explosion Investigations, International Symposium on Hazards Prevention, and Mitigation of Industrial Explosion, The 8th International Colloquium on Dust Explosion, September 1998
  • See CV for further publications

ESi's expertise spans dozens of industries and specializations organized across several practice groups, each staffed by dozens of in-house experts with the technical knowledge, hands-on expertise, and courtroom experience required to execute projects for and with our clients from start to finish.

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