Scaling of Wood Pallet Fires

Report Date: February 2017

To better understand fire behavior, fire researchers conduct live-fire testing to support theoretical work. Ideally these tests would be done in full scale. However, due to cost and facility constraints, most live-fire research cannot be done in full scale. 

This paper explores a theoretical method for scaling fire behavior and then validates the method with live-fire testing on various scales of a pallet structure. The testing shows a strong correlation to the theoretical method and gives further insight into understanding fire growth and fire behavior. Learning from research into fires will help firefighters to better understand fire behavior and thereby fight fires more efficiently.

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Li, Ying Zhen and Haukur Ingason. Scaling of Wood Pallet Fires. Fire Safety Journal Volume 88, pp. 96-103. 2017. Accessed from: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0379711217300371

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