The Behavior of Liquid Fuel on Carpet (Porous Media): A Case for the Inclusion of Science in Fire Investigation

Olenick, Stephen M., Klassen, Michael S., Roby, Richard J., Ma, Tingguang and Torero, Jose L. (2010) The Behavior of Liquid Fuel on Carpet (Porous Media): A Case for the Inclusion of Science in Fire Investigation. Fire Technology, 46 4: 843-852. doi:10.1007/s10694-010-0148-y


Author Olenick, Stephen M.
Klassen, Michael S.
Roby, Richard J.
Ma, Tingguang
Torero, Jose L.
Title The Behavior of Liquid Fuel on Carpet (Porous Media): A Case for the Inclusion of Science in Fire Investigation
Journal name Fire Technology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0015-2684
1572-8099
Publication date 2010-01-01
Year available 2010
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10694-010-0148-y
Volume 46
Issue 4
Start page 843
End page 852
Total pages 10
Place of publication New York, NY United States
Publisher Springer New York LLC
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject 2213 Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
2500 Materials Science
Abstract Flammable liquid fuel spills on flooring including carpets and other porous materials have long been a subject of interest to the fire investigation community. Early understanding in this community about the indicators of a liquid fuel fire, such as holes in flooring material or heavy burning in this area, have been shown to be incomplete. Research from the past two decades have enabled fire investigators to identify burn patterns from liquid fuel pours, estimate the evaporation and mass burning rates of the liquid fuel on the carpet, and be able to test the carpet forensically to determine if the fuel was present during the fire or was introduced by post-fire contamination. These science-based tools have enabled fire investigators to tackle a seemingly simple fire problem and have aided in fire origin and cause determination. The authors believe that the type of work that has been undertaken on liquid fuels on carpet and flooring should be conducted for many other problems in fire investigation to give fire investigators as many scientific tools as possible. These tools should be taught in the framework of education instead of as simple rule of thumb training. As this is done, the fire investigation industry will advance as a whole.
Keyword Arson
Burning rate
Carpet
Fire investigation
Fire reconstruction
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Civil Engineering Publications
 
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