Mark A. Dietenberger
Research General Engineer
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726-2398
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Research goals are to develop component processes, test methods for thermophysical properties, and physical mathematical modeling for 1) performance-based fire protection engineering related to wood-based materials used in WUI, 2) economical gasification of biomass and synthesis of syngas into biofuels, and 3) fundamentals of wood pyrolysis and combustion essential to wood thermal degradation and fire growth. This work is being used for predicting fire development on exterior building surfaces and ornamental vegetations for WUI fire scenarios. Thermophysical properties derived from modified test apparatuses are provided for NIST�s Wildland Fire Dynamics Simulator as well as for analytical fire growth models, which are provided as a basis for animated-like 3-D fire growth in real time using desktop computers that has Architectural CAD in conjunction with Google Earth. Fundamental knowledge of wood degradation along with prior private-sector research on process analysis of jet turbine engines are being applied to develop new and economical process for small-scale biomass gasification and conversion of syngas to biofuels. A special bench scale apparatus was built using the liquid metal as heat and mass carriers for directly producing syngas statically from wood, with primarily CO and H2 emissions measured. A continuous biomass flow apparatus has been planned and will be built at unique university facility to investigate conversion efficiency. Other projects included the process modeling of conventional biomass gasification and Fischer-Tropsch synthesis as a biorefinery attached to wood and paper mills in the support of the excellent generic business case of the concept. Various research collaborations nationally and internationally are being developed to promote the above research areas.
- Fire growth research as applied to wood products
- Wildland-urban interface fire and moisture science
- Thermochemical biomass to biofuels conversion
Featured Publications & Products
- Dietenberger, Mark A. 2010. Ignition and flame-growth modeling on realistic building and landscape objects in changing environments.
- White, Robert H.; Dietenberger, Mark A. 2010. Fire safety of wood construction.
- Dietenberger, Mark A.; Anderson, Mark. 2007. Vision of the U.S. biofuel future: a case for hydrogen-enriched biomass gasification.
- Dietenberger, Mark. 2012. Pyrolysis kinetics and combustion of thin wood by an advanced cone caorimetry test method.
- Rowell, Roger M.; Dietenberger, Mark A. 2013. Chapter 6: Thermal properties, combustion, and fire retardancy of wood.
Publications & Products
- Dietenberger, Mark A.; Welling, Johannes; Shalbafan, Ali. 2014. Foam Core Particleboards with Intumescent FRT Veneer: Cone Calorimeter Testing With Varying Adhesives, Surface Layer Thicknesses, and Processing Conditions.
- Clausen, Carol A.; White, Robert H.; Wacker, James P.; Lebow, Stan T.; Dietenberger, Mark A.; Zelinka, Samuel L.; Stark, Nicole M. 2014. Laboratory investigation of fire protection coatings for creosote-treated timber railroad bridges.
- Shalbafan, Ali; Dietenberger, Mark A.; Welling, Johannes. 2013. Fire performances of foam core particleboards continuously produced in a one-step process.
- Dietenberger, Mark A.; Boardman, Charles R. 2013. HRR Upgrade to mass loss calorimeter and modified Schlyter test for FR Wood.
- Dietenberger, Mark A.; Shalbafan, Ali; Welling, Johannes; Boardman, Charles. 2013. Treated and Untreated foam core particleboards with intumescent veneer.
- Dietenberger, Mark A.; Shalbafan, Ali; Welling, Johannes; Boardman, Charles. 2012. Cone Calorimeter Analysis of FRT Intumescent and Untreated Foam Core Particleboards.
- Grexa, Ondrej; Dietenberger, Mark A.; White, Robert H. 2012. Reaction-to-Fire of Wood Products and Other Building Materials: Part 1, Room/Corner Test Performance.
- Ince, Peter J.; Bilek, Ted; Dietenberger, Mark A. 2011. Modeling integrated biomass gasification business concepts.
- Dietenberger, Mark A. 2011. Pyrolysis kinetics and combustion of thin wood using advanced cone calorimetry test method.
- White, Robert H.; Dietenberger, Mark A.; Stark, Nicole M. 2007. Cone calorimeter tests of wood-based decking materials.
- Dietenberger, Mark A. 2007. Ignition and flame travel on realistic building and landscape objects in changing environments.
- Dietenberger, Mark A. 2006. Analytical modeling of fire growth on fire-resistive wood-based materials with changing conditions.
- White, Robert H.; Dietenberger, Mark A. 2004. Cone calorimeter evaluation of wood products.
- Hagge, Mathew J.; Bryden, Kenneth M.; Dietenberger, Mark A. 2004. Effects of backing board materials on wood combustion performance.
- Dietenberger, Mark A. 2004. Ignitability of materials in transitional heating regimes.
- Dietenberger, Mark. 2002. Update for combustion properties of wood components.
- Dietenberger, Mark A.; White, Robert H. 2001. Reaction-to-fire testing and modeling for wood products.
- Dietenberger, Mark A.; Grexa, Ondrej. 2000. Correlation of smoke development in room tests with cone calorimeter data for wood products.
- White, Robert H.; Dietenberger, Mark A. 1999. Fire safety.
- Dietenberger, Mark A. 1996. Ignitability analysis using the cone calorimeter and lift apparatus.
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