Postgraduate Course: Fire Science and Fire Dynamics (PGEE10002)
|School||School of Engineering
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course is intended to provide the knowledge required for quantitative fire hazard analysis. Physical and chemical behaviour of combustion systems as well as the impact of fire on materials will be addressed. The student will acquire skills for quantitative estimation of the different variables of fire growth. Basic principles of fire dynamics will be used to provide analytical formulations and empirical correlations that can serve as tools for design calculations and fire reconstruction. Focus will be given to the scientific aspects of fire but some basic features of fire safety engineering will be also developed.
1. How gases burn, including basic chemistry
2. How liquids burn, including convection and radiation heat transfer
3. How solids burn, including conduction heat transfer
4. Spontaneous ignition and smouldering (guest lecture)
5. Piloted ignition
6. Fire spread and fire plumes
7. Compartment fires, including flashover
8. Compartment fires, continued
9. Ceiling jet, structural interactions, backdraft
11. Fire safety engineering applications
1. Basic fire science
2. Compartment fires
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
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On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of the science which underpins current fire safety engineering calculations
- Estimate certain parameters of fires such as flame length, heat release rate, plume temperature and smoke production, for simple, well defined fuel packages.
- Explain fire behaviour in each of the stages in a compartment fire.
- Perform certain typical fire safety engineering calculations.
|Drysdale, D.D. "Introduction to fire Dynamics", 3rd Edition, John Wiley and Sons, 2011.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Richard Carvel
Tel: (0131 6)51 3576
|Course secretary||Miss Margaret Robertson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5565