Why do Some Small Fires Grow Large?

Report Date: October 2012

Why do some structural fires develop into large fires? This report from Lund University tries to develop this knowledge, specifically in three building types: school buildings, apartment attics, and nuclear power plants. The report also presents methodology for finding factors that contribute to a specific event.

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  • Department of Fire Safety Engineering and Systems Safety, Lund University

    The Department of Fire Safety Engineering is responsible for education and research in Fire Safety Engineering and Risk Management. The scope of what we do is to a large extent interdisciplinary, and we are responsible for essential parts of the Fire Protection Engineering program on bachelor level, the Risk Management and Safety Engineering program, and the Fire Safety Engineering program on masters level. In addition, we are responsible for the education of PhD students in the field of fire safety engineering. Co-operation with other universities and colleges are carried out regarding both education and research.

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    Fire Research is the state, the insurance industry and industry joint bodies to initiate, fund and monitor various types of fire research. Governing body for Fire Research is Fire Protection Association and the business is managed by a program board and is in the form of projects at universities, research institutes, government agencies and businesses.

Johansson, Nils and Patrick van Hees. Why do Some Small Fires Grow Large?. Lund, Sweden: Department of Fire Safety Engineering and Systems Safety, Lund University, Report 3167, 2012. Print.

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