Accession Number : AD0636794

Title :   PRELIMINARY INVESTIGATION OF FIRESTORM START-CRITERIA.

Descriptive Note : Technical note.

Corporate Author : DIKEWOOD CORP ALBUQUERQUE N MEX

Personal Author(s) : Lommasson, Thomas E.

Report Date : 15 JUN 1965

Pagination or Media Count : 42

Abstract : A quantitative hypothesis is developed that relates inrush wind velocity at the edge of a potential firestorm area to the energy release rate of fires within the area and to the size of the area itself. The effects of spread from initial fires are considered and criteria are derived to estimate the way in which the fires are likely to develop with time. The hypothesis was applied to German World War II firestorm and group fire situations and appears to yield reasonable results in predicting the occurrences of each. The hypothesis may be applied to nuclear attacks against urban target areas. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*FIRES, THEORY), ENERGY, URBAN AREAS, NUCLEAR EXPLOSIONS, WIND, GAS FLOW

Subject Categories : Safety Engineering

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE