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Developing the Next Generation of Forest Fire Behavior Models

Photo of Combustion tests and fire dynamics simulations allow researchers to characterize combustion rates, calorimetry, gas emissions, effective and total heat of combustion, and convective and radiative heat fluxes. USDA Forest ServiceCombustion tests and fire dynamics simulations allow researchers to characterize combustion rates, calorimetry, gas emissions, effective and total heat of combustion, and convective and radiative heat fluxes. USDA Forest ServiceSnapshot : Efforts are underway to develop the next generation of forest fire behavior models, and Forest Service researchers are extending their knowledge of the fire behavior of wood materials to the realm of forest materials.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Dietenberger, Mark A. 
Research Location : Forest Products Laboratory
Research Station : Forest Products Laboratory (FPL)
Year : 2015
Highlight ID : 916

Summary

New fire models are solidly grounded in fluid dynamics physics, but remain poorly developed in fundamental combustion processes. Forest Service researchers are contributing their knowledge and data on pyrolysis and ignition of wood products to the fundamental study of the fire behaviors of forest materials. Current collaborations are examining several areas including the effect of increased maple abundance in mixed-oak forests, the development of the EcoSmart fire and Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Dynamics Simulator models, and assessing structural ignitions from fires in ornamental vegetation.

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External Partners

  • David Weise, PSW
  • Gregory McPherson, PSW
  • Matthew Dickinson, NRS
  • Todd Hutchinson, NRS
  • Robert Kremens, Rochester Institute of Technology

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