Studies on Closed Chamber Fires

Wan Ki Chow

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Closed chamber fires are studied by burning four types of organic liquids, namely ethanol, N-heptane, thinner and kerosene. The burning be haviour of the liquids was observed, and the hot gas temperature measured. Transient variations of the temperature are also compared with those pre dicted by three fire zone models which can be used to simulate a closed cham ber fire. The three selected fire zone models are the ASET, the CFAST and the CCFM.VENTS. All were developed at the Building and Fire Research Labora tory, NIST, USA. The ASET model was run by the menu-driven program FIRE- CALC developed at the Division of Building and Construction, CISRO, Aus tralia. The models ASET and CCFM.VENTS are found to be very suitable for predicting the hot gas temperature in a closed chamber as used in this study. Lastly, the response of four types of detectors are studied.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-103
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Fire Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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