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Estimating Temperatures in Compartment Fires.

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Walton, W. D.; Thomas, P. H.

NFPA SFPE 95; LC Card Number 95-68247;

SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering. 2nd Edition. Section 3. Chapter 6, National Fire Protection Assoc., Quincy, MA, DiNenno, P. J.; Beyler, C. L.; Custer, R. L. P.; Walton, W. D., Editor(s), 3/134-147 p., 1995.


fire protection; fire protection engineering; compartment fires; temperature; flashover; equations; fire models; conservation; ignition


The ability to predict temperature developed in compartment fires is of great significance to the fire protection professional. There are many uses for a knowledge of compartment fire temperatures, including the prediction of (1) the onset of hazardous conditions, (2) property and structural damage, (3) changes in burning rate, (4) ignition of objects, and (5) the onset of flashover. The fundamental principles underlying compartment fires are presented in Section 3, Chapter 5. This chapter gives a number of simplified solution techniques.