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Compartment fire temperature: a new simple calculation method
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.
2015 (English)In: IAFSS - The International Association for Fire Safety Science: proceedings, ISSN 1817-4299, Vol. 11, 289-301 p.Article in journal (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

In this paper a new simple calculation method for compartment temperatures is derived. The method is applicable to post-flashover ventilation controlled fires. A parameter termed the ultimate compartment fire temperature is defined as the temperature obtained when thermal equilibrium is reached and thick compartment boundaries cannot absorb any more heat from the fire gases. This temperature depends only on the product of the heat of combustion and the combustion efficiency over the specific heat capacity of air. It is, however, independent of the air mass flow rate, and of the fire compartment geometry and the thermal properties of the compartment boundary materials. These parameters on the other hand govern the rate at which the fire temperature is increasing towards the ultimate temperature. It is shown how the fire temperature development as a function of time in some idealized cases may be calculated by a simple analytical closed form formula.The fire temperature developments of two types of compartment boundaries are presented, semi-infinitely thick and thin structures. It is also shown that for the semi-infinite case, the solution resembles the standard ISO 834/EN 1363-1 curve and the parametric fire curves according to Eurocode 1, EN 1991-1-2.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. Vol. 11, 289-301 p.
Research subject
Steel Structures
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-39172DOI: 10.3801/IAFSS.FSS.11-289Local ID: dcfce1ae-ddea-484d-b48b-7de38c5a3f51OAI: diva2:1012681
International Symposium on Fire Safety Science : 10/02/2014 - 14/02/2014
Godkänd; 2015; 20140812 (alebys); Konferensartikel i tidskriftAvailable from: 2016-10-03 Created: 2016-10-03 Last updated: 2017-02-07Bibliographically approved
In thesis
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
Doctoral thesis / Luleå University of Technology 1 jan 1997 → …, ISSN 1402-1544
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
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)
Available from: 2017-02-09 Created: 2016-10-24 Last updated: 2017-02-20Bibliographically approved

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