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Slide-Rule Estimates of Fire Growth.

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Lawson, J. R.; Quintiere, J. G.

NBSIR 85-3196; CIB W14/85/17 (USA); 56 p. June 1985.

Fire Technology, Vol. 21, No. 4, 267-292, November 1985.


David Taylor Naval Ship R and D Center, Washington, DC

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calculators; computer programs; fire growth; fire models; room fires; smoke filling


A series of prediction methods have been assembled to provide an analytical basis for estimating fire growth in compartments. Solutions for each prediction method can be made using programmable scientific calculators. Prediction methods are presented for: fire size and growth rates, mass loss rates, radiant heat flux, flame height, radial flame impingement, heat flux to a ceiling, smoke filling of a room, carbon monoxide hazard with smoldering fires, temperature ruse in a compartment, ventilation flow rate, flashover ocurrence, corridor smoke transfer and filling, smoke concentration, visibility, flame spread rates, and fire burn time. These predictive methods are useful for estimating many of the critical elements related to fire behavior and help provide a better understanding of this complex phenomenon. This report appears as Appendix B in Fire Growth in Combat Ships by J.G. Quintiere, H.R. Baum and J.R. Lawson, NBSIR 85-3159.