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Evaluation of Complex Fire Models.

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Peacock, R. D.; Reneke, P. A.; Jones, W. W.

NISTIR 6030; June 1997.

U.S./Japan Government Cooperative Program on Natural Resources (UJNR). Fire Research and Safety. 13th Joint Panel Meeting. Volume 2. March 13-20, 1996, Gaithersburg, MD, Beall, K. A., Editor(s), 81-89 pp, 1997.

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Order number: PB97-184204


fire safety; fire research; fire models; sensitivity analysis; evaluation; room fires


Several methods for studying predictive capability and sensitivity have been applied to fire models, but with limited utility. These range from explicit evaluation of the equations used in simple models such as ASET to evaluation of complex models from numerous computer runs of a model along with usually quantitative comparison to laboratory experiments. This paper presents a discussion of the issues involved in conducting an evaluation of a complex room fire model. Examples using currently available room fire models are presented.