USDA Forest Service

Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team


Fire and Environmental Research Applications Team
Pacific Wildland Fire Sciences Laboratory

400 N 34th Street, Suite 201
Seattle, WA 98103

(206) 732-7800

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Wildland-Urban Fire Dynamics Simulator (WFDS)

Validation Studies

The current release of WFDS is based on the unofficial release of version 6 of FDS. Validation studies using earlier versions of WFDS have been conducted. The current version of WFDS has also been tested against these cases.

Laboratory Experiments
  1. Crown fire initiation (laboratory)
  2. Spread up slopes (laboratory)
  3. Interaction of a single tree (laboratory) and forest canopy with wind WFDS6, Mueller 2012
  4. Douglas tree burns (large laboratory)
    WFDS5 for burning Douglas fir trees (Mell et al., 2009)
Field Experiments
  1. Grassland fires (outdoor ~ 200m x 200m plots)
    WFDS4 for grassland fires (Mell et al., 2007)

Many validation and verification tests for the models of WFDS component physical processes and their numerical solution, respectively, are routinely conducted. This is discussed in the FDS validation and verification guides.

As work is completed documents will be added in each of the above areas.



We acknowledge funding from the Joint Fire Science Program under Project 07-1-5-08 and 11-2-1-11


Team Lead: Ruddy Mell

U.S. Forest Service - PNW- FERA
Last Modified: Monday, 16 December 2013 at 14:18:38 CST

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