Smoke movement in a compartmental fire

Wan Ki Chow, R. Yin

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Transport of larger smoke particles generated by a fire in a compartment is studied. An atrium fire with three different heat release rates is taken as an example. The air flow pattern and temperature contours are predicted by a fire field (or application of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model. The paths of smoke particles are modeled by the Lagrangian method coupled with the air movement induced by hot smoke. Distribution of smoke particles and their trajectories are then calculated. By superimposing the trajectories of particles of different sizes, the shape of the smoke plume is observed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)445-464
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Fire Sciences
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2006


  • Compartment fire
  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Smoke filling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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