THE USE OF MODELS FOR THE INVESTIGATION OF FIRE SPREAD.
SOUTHWEST RESEARCH INST SAN ANTONIO TEX
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Previous work on the development of models of buildings for use in the study of mass fires and fire spread was continued. The current study of combustible models extends the size limits utilized, considers the effect of differing materials and of the total fire load, and develops a new analysis of buoyancy-controlled flames. A prototype electronic mass fire simulator was developed further and 200 complete units fabricated together with auxiliary equipment necessary to construct an area fire representation. Preliminary tests of the simulator demonstrated capability to the extent of reproducing a specific area fire within a reasonable degree of accuracy. A number of area fires were reviewed and three selected for intensive investigation. Sufficient information was obtained on these three to provide a basis for calibrating the electronic mass fire simulator and to extend existing knowledge on the manner in which fire spreads between buildings. Author
- Safety Engineering