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Postgraduate Course: Fire Science and Fire Dynamics (IMFSE) (PGEE11142)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits18 ECTS Credits9
SummaryThe 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 structures and 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.
Course description Lectures:
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
10. Smoke
11. Fire safety engineering applications

1. Basic fire dynamics
2. Applied fire dynamics
3. Fire test methods
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 180 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Formative Assessment Hours 1, Summative Assessment Hours 6, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 136 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Coursework : 30%
Degree Exam: 70%
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Fire Science and Fire Dynamics (IMFSE)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate understanding of the science which underpins current fire safety engineering calculations
  2. Estimate certain parameters of fires such as flame length, heat release rate, plume temperature and smoke production, for simple, well defined fuel packages.
  3. Explain fire behaviour in each of the stages in a compartment fire.
  4. Perform certain typical fire safety engineering calculations.
Reading List
Dougal Drysdale "Intro to Fire Dynamics" 3rd Edition (2011), Wiley
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsFire Safety Engineering,Structural Engineering
Course organiserDr Richard Carvel
Tel: (0131 6)51 3576
Course secretaryMiss Margaret Robertson
Tel: (0131 6)50 5565
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