Postflashover fires: an overview of the research at the National Research Council of Canada (NRCC) 1970-1985

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/BF01043125
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Journal titleFire Technology
ISSN0015-2684
1572-8099
Volume22
Issue3
Pages210233; # of pages: 24
Subjectflash over; normalized heat load; postflashover fires; pyrolysis; cellulosic fuels; stoichiometry; char; reactor model; burning regimes; modeling; normalized heat load; thermal absorptivity; Fire
AbstractThe NRCC model of fully developed compartment fires is discussed. The model offers an explanation for the findings that "ventilation control" is related to the pyrolysis mechanism and is not a result of scarcity of air in the fire compartment, and that thermal feedback is of secondary importance in "burning" (pyrolysis) of cellulosic fuels. The normalized heat load is a scalar quantity that depends on the total heat absorbed by the compartment boundaries during the fire incident, and is practically independent of the temperature history of the fire. The normalized heat load concept offers a simple means for converting fire severities into fire resistance requirements, and makes it possible to design buildings for prescribed levels of structural fire safety. The potential of fires to spread by convection and the expected characteristics of fires of noncharring plastics are also discussed.
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PublisherKluwer Academic Publishers
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNational Research Council Canada
NoteReprinted as NRC-IRC report IRC-P-1418
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NPARC number21272106
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