A Virtual Reality Based Fire Training Simulator Integrated with Fire Dynamics Data

Report Date: May 2012

Over the past decades, improvements in fire prevention and fire safety engineering have led to a reduction in the number of structural fires. The negative of this reduction is a decrease in the actual fire experience for firefighters. A way to help compensate for this reduced experience is to supplement experience with science-based fire dynamics knowledge.

This paper proposed a virtual reality-based simulator for fire dynamics training for firefighters. Virtual reality-based fire training simulators could provide firefighters or commanders with simulated experience so that they can make prompt, safe, and appropriate decisions in actual fire situations. This study proposes a series of data conversion techniques and real-time processing to develop a fire training simulator from physics-based simulation. It is capable of calculating and representing quantities such as toxic gases, heat, smoke, and flames. The functions and real-time performance of the simulator have been experimentally measured to verify the applicability of the proposed framework.

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  • Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

    KAIST was established in 1971 to model a research focused university and to foster elite human resources in science and technology needed by the nation. In recognition of the nation’s need for elite human resources in science and technology, KAIST was developed to support industrialization as part of the economic development plan. To satisfy the need of producing talents, a systematic graduate school of science and engineering was needed, to prevent international leakage of intellectual talent. KAIST was launched as the nation’s first science and technology graduate school focused on research.

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Cha, Moohyun, Soonhung Han, Jaikyung Lee, and Byungil Choi. A Virtual Reality Based Fire Training Simulator Integrated with Fire Dynamics Data. Fire Safety Journal Volume 50, pp. 12-24. 2012.

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