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Postgraduate Course: Fire Science and Fire Dynamics (PGEE10002)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Engineering CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis 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.
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 science
2. Compartment fires
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 98 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) The assessment will be made on the basis of: Intermittent assessment 20%; Degree examination 80%
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)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
Drysdale, D.D. "Introduction to fire Dynamics", 3rd Edition, John Wiley and Sons, 2011.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
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Course organiserDr Richard Carvel
Tel: (0131 6)51 3576
Course secretaryMiss Mhairi Sime
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687
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