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Fire Dynamics Simulator (Version 2): User's Guide.

pdf icon Fire Dynamics Simulator (Version 2): User's Guide. (1945 K)
McGrattan, K. B.; Forney, G. P.; Floyd, J. E.; Hostikka, S.

NISTIR 6784; 68 p. November 2001.

Available from:

National Technical Information Service (NTIS), Technology Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, Springfield, VA 22161.
Telephone: 1-800-553-6847 or 703-605-6000;
Fax: 703-605-6900.
Order number: PB2002-105411


fire models; computational fluid dynamics; sprinkler activation; fire plumes; flame spread; simulation; ignition


Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) is a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model of fire-driven fluid flow. The software described in this document solves numerically a form of the Navier-Stokes equations appropriate for low-speed, thermally-driven flow with an emphasis on smoke and heat transport from fires. The formulation of the equations and the numerical algorithm are contained in a companion document, called "Fire Dynamics Simulator (Version 2) -- Technical Reference Guide" (NISTIR 6783).