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Entrainment regimes and flame characteristics of wildland fires

Nelson, Ralph M., Jr.; Butler, Bret W.; Weise, David R. 2012. Entrainment regimes and flame characteristics of wildland fires. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 21: 127-140.

This paper reports results from a study of the flame characteristics of 22 wind-aided pine litter fires in a laboratory wind tunnel and 32 field fires in southern rough and litter-grass fuels. Flame characteristic and fire behaviour data from these fires, simple theoretical flame models and regression techniques are used to determine whether the data support the derived models. When the data do not support the models, alternative models are developed. The experimental fires are used to evaluate entrainment constants and air/fuel mass ratios in the model equations. Both the models and the experimental data are consistent with recently reported computational fluid dynamics simulations that suggest the existence of buoyancy- and convection-controlled regimes of fire behaviour. The results also suggest these regimes are delimited by a critical value of Byram's convection number. Flame heights and air/fuel ratios behave similarly in the laboratory and field, but flame tilt angle relationships differ.

Keywords: air/fuel mass ratio, combustion regimes, entrainment constant, flame height, flame tilt angle

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Title: RMRS Other Publications: Entrainment regimes and flame characteristics of wildland fires
Electronic Publish Date: April 12, 2012
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