Flammability studies for wildland and wildland-urban interface fires applied to pine needles and solid polymers

Simeoni, A., Thomas, J. C., Bartoli, P., Borowieck, P., Reszka, P., Colella, F., Santoni, P. A. and Torero, J. L. (2012) Flammability studies for wildland and wildland-urban interface fires applied to pine needles and solid polymers. Fire Safety Journal, 54 203-217. doi:10.1016/j.firesaf.2012.08.005


Author Simeoni, A.
Thomas, J. C.
Bartoli, P.
Borowieck, P.
Reszka, P.
Colella, F.
Santoni, P. A.
Torero, J. L.
Title Flammability studies for wildland and wildland-urban interface fires applied to pine needles and solid polymers
Journal name Fire Safety Journal   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0379-7112
1873-7226
Publication date 2012-11
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.firesaf.2012.08.005
Volume 54
Start page 203
End page 217
Total pages 15
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract This paper presents flammability studies related to wildland fires that have been conducted at the University of Edinburgh and at WPI over the last 5 years. This is the first time that all of the contributions have been put together to present a consistent set of studies geared towards a better understanding of how wildland and solid fuels ignite and burn in the context of wildland and wildland–urban interface fires. The whole approach is based on experiments conducted with the Fire Propagation Apparatus. This experimental device was used due to its versatility, allowing for testing over a wide range of conditions applied to different forest fuels. To simplify the approach, well-characterized fuels were used in the form of dead pine needles and solid polymers. The different sets of results show that this approach enhances our understanding of wildland fire behavior and impact in general but also, more specifically, at the wildland–urban interface. These experimental data, along with the models developed to describe ignition, represent a successful application and extension of approaches and techniques developed for fire safety studies to the topic of wildland fires.
Keyword Wildland fires
Wildland fuels
Flammability
Fire Propagation Apparatus
Time to ignition
Structural ignition
Heat release rate
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ
Additional Notes Issue theme: "Large Outdoor Fires"

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