Principles of Fire Behavior

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This book covers the four forms of fire: diffusion flames, smoldering, spontaneous combustion, and premixed flames. Using a quantitative approach, it presents an ideal introduction to the scientific principles behind fire behavior. Individual sections thoroughly discuss such vital issues as heat transfer, ignition, flame spread, fire plumes, heat flux as a damage variable, and more. Formulas help the student examine fire from a quantitative standpoint. While explaining the science of fire with a precision found nowhere else, the text applies that science to fire safety design and investigation. An excellent book for courses in fire science, architecture, and engineering alike.

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James G. Quintiere is a Professor in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering at University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland.

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EVOLUTION OF FIRE. TYPES OF COMBUSTION IN NATURAL FIRES: Definition of Fire and its Components. Diffusion Flames. Smoldering. Spontaneous Combustion. Premixed Flames. ROLE OF FUEL IN FIRE DEVELOPMENT: Hazards to Humans. Combustion Product -Yields. Flashover and Compartment Fire Dynamics. HEAT TRANSFER: Definitions. Types of Heat Transfer. Conduction. Convection. Radiation. Surface Temperature Due To Heat Flux. IGNITION: Gases. Liquid Fuels. Solids - Thick. Thin. FLAME SPREAD: Definition and Modes. Typical Rates. Models vs Test Standards. BURNING RATE: Definition. Heat of Gasification. Empirical Predictions. Energy Release Rate. FIRE PLUMES: Flame Height. Fire Plume Temperatures.

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