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Verification of a Lagrangian particle model for short-range firebrand transport

TitleVerification of a Lagrangian particle model for short-range firebrand transport
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2017
AuthorsWadhwani, R, Sutherland, D, Ooi, A, Moinuddin, K, Thorpe, G
JournalFire Safety Journal
Date Published05/2017
Abstract

Firebrands are a harbinger of damage to infrastructure; their effects cause a particularly important threat to people living within the wildland-urban-interface. Short-range firebrands travel with the wind with little or no lofting, and cause spotfires. In this work, the design of a novel firebrand generator prototype is discussed to achieve a uniform shower of firebrands. The transport of short-range firebrand is studied to verify the existing Lagrangian particle model of Fire Dynamics Simulator. Uniform, non-combusting cubiform and cylindrical firebrands are projected using the firebrand generator. The experimentally observed distribution of particles on the ground is compared with a simulated distribution using the fire dynamic simulator. The results show that the existing Lagrangian model gives a good agreement with the experimental data.

URLhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0379711217301121
DOI10.1016/j.firesaf.2017.03.019
Refereed DesignationRefereed
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