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Principles and Practice of Fire Modelling: A Collection of Lecture Notes for a Short Course

Principles and Practice of Fire Modelling: A Collection of Lecture Notes for a Short Course

Galea, Edwin ORCID: 0000-0002-0001-6665 and Patel, Mayur (1997) Principles and Practice of Fire Modelling: A Collection of Lecture Notes for a Short Course. CMS Press (University of Greenwich), London, UK. ISBN 1 899991 17 4

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Once the preserve of university academics and research laboratories with high-powered and expensive computers, the power of sophisticated mathematical fire models has now arrived on the desk top of the fire safety engineer. It is a revolution made possible by parallel advances in PC technology and fire modelling software. But while the tools have proliferated, there has not been a corresponding transfer of knowledge and understanding of the discipline from expert to general user. It is a serious shortfall of which the lack of suitable engineering courses dealing with the subject is symptomatic, if not the cause.

The computational vehicles to run the models and an understanding of fire dynamics are not enough to exploit these sophisticated tools. Too often, they become 'black boxes' producing magic answers in exciting three-dimensional colour graphics and client-satisfying 'virtual reality' imagery.

As well as a fundamental understanding of the physics and chemistry of fire, the fire safety engineer must have at least a rudimentary understanding of the theoretical basis supporting fire models to appreciate their limitations and capabilities. The five day short course, "Principles and Practice of Fire Modelling" run by the University of Greenwich attempt to bridge the divide between the expert and the general user, providing them with the expertise they need to understand the results of mathematical fire modelling. The course and associated text book, "Mathematical Modelling of Fire Phenomena" are aimed at students and professionals with a wide and varied background, they offer a friendly guide through the unfamiliar terrain of mathematical modelling.

These concepts and techniques are introduced and demonstrated in seminars. Those attending also gain experience in using the methods during "hands-on" tutorial and workshop sessions.

On completion of this short course, those participating should:

- be familiar with the concept of zone and field modelling;

- be familiar with zone and field model assumptions;

- have an understanding of the capabilities and limitations of modelling software packages for zone and field modelling;

- be able to select and use the most appropriate mathematical software and demonstrate their use in compartment fire applications; and

- be able to interpret model predictions.

The result is that the fire safety engineer is empowered to realise the full value of mathematical models to help in the prediction of fire development, and to determine the consequences of fire under a variety of conditions. This in turn enables him or her to design and implement safety measures which can potentially control, or at the very least reduce the impact of fire.

Item Type: Book
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 08:59

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