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Thermal analysis of a pool fire test in a steel container
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Construction Engineering.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Construction Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3112-0270
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Construction Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-2181-2828
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Civil, Environmental and Natural Resources Engineering, Structural and Construction Engineering.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4791-2341
2012 (English)In: Journal of fire sciences, ISSN 0734-9041, E-ISSN 1530-8049, Vol. 30, no 2, p. 170-184Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

A pool fire test was conducted in an uninsulated steel container under low ambient temperature condition, at −20°C. The heat balance of the enclosure fire was analyzed. The size of the container was 12 m × 2.4 m and 2.4 m high, and it was made of 3-mm-thick steel. During the fire test, the fuel mass loss rate was recorded and the temperatures at different positions were measured with high-temperature thermocouples and plate thermometers. The fire scenario was simulated by using fire dynamics simulator software, and the simulated and measured results were compared. The coarse high-temperature thermocouple responded slower, and therefore, temperature measured by the high-temperature thermocouple was corrected to eliminate the effect of the thermal inertia. Furthermore, a simple two-zone model was proposed for estimating gas temperature in the enclosure of the highly conductive steel walls assuming a constant combustion rate. The convective and radiative heat transfer resistances at the inside and outside surfaces of the enclosure were analyzed.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 30, no 2, p. 170-184
National Category
Building Technologies
Research subject
Steel Structures
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-14089DOI: 10.1177/0734904111432834ISI: 000301797600006Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84858643973Local ID: d686907f-bca8-424d-8e24-3d0bc8068bcfOAI: oai:DiVA.org:ltu-14089DiVA, id: diva2:987043
Note
Validerad; 2012; 20120123 (andbra)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29 Last updated: 2018-08-15Bibliographically approved
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1. Compartment Fire Temperature Calculations and Measurements
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Compartment Fire Temperature Calculations and Measurements
2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Alternative title[sv]
Mätning och beräkning av temperatur i brandceller
Abstract [en]

This thesis is devoted to heat transfer and fire dynamics in enclosures. It consists of a main part which summarizes and discusses the theory of heat transfer, conservation of energy, fire dynamics and specific fire scenarios that have been studied. In the second part of this thesis, the reader will find an Appendix containing seven scientific publications in this field.

In particular, one- and two-zone compartment fire models have been studied. A new way of calculating fire temperatures of pre- and post-flashover compartment fires is presented. Three levels of solution techniques are presented including closed form analytical expressions, spread-sheet calculations and solutions involving general finite element temperature calculations. Validations with experiments have shown good accuracy of the calculation models and that the thermal properties of the surrounding structures have a great impact on the fire temperature development. In addition, the importance of the choice of measurement techniques in fire engineering has been studied. Based on the conclusions from these studies, the best techniques have been used in further experimental studies of different fire scenarios.

Abstract [sv]

Denna avhandling behandlar problem kopplade till värmeöverföring och branddynamik i slutna utrymmen med tonvikt på värmeöverföring mellan gaser och utsatta konstruktioner. Avhandlingen består av en huvuddel och ett appendix innehållande sju vetenskapliga artiklar. I huvuddelen sammanfattas och diskuteras grundläggande teorier och principer inom värmeöverföring och branddynamik samt studier av ett antal specialfall av brandscenarion som baseras på dessa teorier. I de avslutande bilagorna (Artiklar A1-A3 och Artiklar B1-B2) finns sju vetenskapliga artiklar som grundligare beskriver de ovan nämnda specialfallen.

Huvudfokus i avhandlingen ligger på temperaturutveckling vid brand i slutna utrymmen. I avhandlingen studeras i synnerhet en- och två-zonsmodeller för brand i slutna utrymmen, och en ny metod för att beräkna brandgastemperaturer före och efter övertändning i rumsbränder är framtagen. Validering av dessa modeller med experiment visar att deras noggrannhet är bra. Modellerna visar också att de termiska egenskaperna hos de omgivande ytorna har stor inverkan på brandtemperatursutvecklingen. I tillägg studeras i denna avhandling betydelsen av val av mätmetoder i brandtekniska tillämpningar. På grundval av slutsatserna från dessa studier har de främsta mätteknikerna använts i ytterligare experimentella studier av olika brandscenarier.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Luleå University of Technology, 2017
Series
Doctoral thesis / Luleå University of Technology 1 jan 1997 → …, ISSN 1402-1544
Keywords
compartment fire temperature, heat transfer, FEM, calculation of temperature, temperature measurement, fire scenario, validation, flashover
National Category
Other Engineering and Technologies
Research subject
Steel Structures
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-59927 (URN)978-91-7583-812-0 (ISBN)978-91-7583-813-7 (ISBN)
Public defence
2017-03-20, F1031, Luleå tekniska universitet, Luleå, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2017-02-09 Created: 2016-10-24 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved

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