An Introduction to Fire Dynamics by Dougal Drysdale

By Dougal Drysdale

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After 25 years as a bestseller, Dougal Drysdale's vintage creation has been introduced up to date and extended to include the most recent learn and experimental facts. crucial studying for all all for the sector from undergraduate and postgraduate scholars to training hearth protection engineers and fireplace prevention officials, An creation to fireside Dynamics is exclusive in that it addresses the basics of fireplace technology and hearth dynamics, hence offering the clinical history helpful for the advance of fireplace defense engineering as a qualified discipline.

An creation to fireside Dynamics

  • Includes experimental info appropriate to the knowledge of fireside behaviour of materials;
  • Features numerical issues of solutions illustrating the quantitative functions of the suggestions presented;
  • Extensively course-tested at Worcester Polytechnic Institute and the collage of Edinburgh, and greatly followed in the course of the world;
  • Will attract all these operating in fireplace protection engineering and comparable disciplines.

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16) Fortunately, many problems can be reduced to a single dimension. 15) can be applied directly to conduction through materials which may be treated as ‘infinite slabs’ or ‘semi-infinite solids’ (see below). 1). 5). e. 5 Transient heat conduction in a plane infinite slab where the latter defines the rate of heat transfer through the faces of the slab, h being the convective heat transfer coefficient. g. 19) in which Bi is the Biot number (hL/k). 18) reveals that the ratio 6/60 is a function of three dimensionless groups, the Biot number, the Fourier number (Fo = a t / L 2 ) , and x / L , the distance from the centre line expressed as a fraction of the half-thickness.

3 in relation to the ignition of ‘thin fuels’ such as paper and fabrics.

15 for the simplest of the hydrocarbons, methane, although even this reaction scheme is incomplete (Bowman (1975) lists 30 reactions). The complexity increases with the size and structure of the fuel molecule and consequently the number of partially oxidized species that may be produced becomes very large. Most studies of gas phase combustion have been carried out using well-mixed (premixed) fueVair mixtures (Chapter 3), but in natural fires mixing of fuel vapours and air is an integral part of the burning process (Chapter 4): these flames are known as dzfision Jumes.

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