The Pre-Flashover Compartment Fire and Fire Safety Engineering – A Review of Hand-Calculation Methods

Report Date: May 2016

While computer modeling is used for much fire research, there is still a need for the quicker and simpler hand-calculations. Hand-calculations are valuable in allowing a better understanding of the fundamentals of complex fire behavior.

This paper goes through an explanation of the basics and assumptions of fire behavior in the pre-flashover stages, and develops simple equations to model the fire behavior. Understanding these fundamentals of fire science will help firefighters to better understand fire behavior and thereby fight fires more efficiently.

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Johansson, N. (2016). The Pre-Flashover Compartment Fire and Fire Safety Engineering – A Review of Hand-Calculation Methods. In Proceedings 11th Conference on Performance-based Codes and Fire Safety Design Methods (pp. 84-95). Society of Fire Protection Engineers. Accessed from: http://portal.research.lu.se/ws/files/8035125/SFPE2016_Paper.pdf

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