Banner for LabNotes
From Lab Notes
Contact Information
Forest Products Laboratory
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726-2398
Phone: (608) 231-9200
Fax: (608) 231-9592
Email

 


View all Research Highlights

Developing the Next Generation of Forest Fire Behavior Models

Combustion tests and fire dynamics simulations allow researchers to characterize combustion rates, calorimetry, gas emissions, effective and total heat of combustion, and convective and radiative heat fluxes. USDA Forest Service
Combustion tests and fire dynamics simulations allow researchers to characterize combustion rates, calorimetry, gas emissions, effective and total heat of combustion, and convective and radiative heat fluxes. USDA Forest Service
Snapshot: Efforts are underway to develop the next generation of forest fire behavior models, and Forest Service researchers are extending their knowledge of the fire behavior of wood materials to the realm of forest materials.
Summary:

New fire models are solidly grounded in fluid dynamics physics, but remain poorly developed in fundamental combustion processes. Forest Service researchers are contributing their knowledge and data on pyrolysis and ignition of wood products to the fundamental study of the fire behaviors of forest materials. Current collaborations are examining several areas including the effect of increased maple abundance in mixed-oak forests, the development of the EcoSmart fire and Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Dynamics Simulator models, and assessing structural ignitions from fires in ornamental vegetation.
Princpal Investigator(s):
 Dietenberger, Mark A.


Research Location:
  • Forest Products Laboratory


Forest Service Partners:
  • David Weise, PSW
  • Gregory McPherson, PSW
  • Matthew Dickinson, NRS
  • Todd Hutchinson, NRS


External Partners:
  • Robert Kremens, Rochester Institute of Technology

Fiscal Year: 2015
Highlight ID: 622
 
Resources: