Undergraduate Course: Fire Science and Engineering 2 (CIVE08024)
|School||School of Engineering
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course provides a multidisciplinary introduction to fire dynamics covering fundamentals applicable to fire safety engineering in the built environment, manufacturing and process industries, and the natural environment. It considers the processes that govern how fires are ignited and how they burn and how they can be controlled through engineering design.
The course covers fundamental fire science including thermochemistry, transient heat transfer, material flammability, smoke and fire plumes, and basic fire models; as well as the principles of fire safety engineering, including regulation relevant to the built environment and process industries.
The course is structured around taught material, and a mix of tutorials based on group-based discussion and problem solving.
- Great Fires of. . .
Fires and flames
- Fuel, oxidiser, heat
- Examination of how a candle burns
Materials and how they burn
- Combustion chemistry
- Ignition: flammability limits (gas, liquids)
- Smoke correlations
- Heat transfer: steady state conduction and lumped mass
- Compartment fire dynamics
- Material flammability (solids)
Industrial fire hazards
- Jet flames
- Pool fires
- Fire spread
- Social aspects
- Zone model
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Written Exam: 70%
The School has a 40% Rule for 1st and 2nd year courses, i.e. you must achieve a minimum of 40% in coursework and 40% in written exam components, as well as an overall mark of 40% to pass a course. If you fail a course you will be required to resit it. You are only required to resit components which have been failed.
||Opportunities through discussions in lectures, and tutorial sessions for direct feedback; feedback on each coursework submission
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||2:00|
|Resit Exam Diet (August)||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Discuss the role of fire science and engineering in the design of engineering systems;
- Manipulate concepts related to the quantification of fire hazards and processes;
- Perform basic fire engineering calculations, recognising the associated limits of applicability;
- Critically appraise simple fire engineering designs.
Drysdale, D., An Introduction to Fire Dynamics, Wiley, 2011.
Quintere, J., Fundamentals of Fire Phenomena, Wiley, 2006.
SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering, NFPA 2016.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Keywords||Fire Safety,Process Safety,Fire Safety Engineering
|Course organiser||Dr Rory Hadden
Tel: (0131 6)50 5944
|Course secretary||Miss Paulina Wisniowska