Accession Number : ADP001812

Title :   Wind-Aided Flame Spread Across Strewn Debris,

Corporate Author : TRW SPACE AND TECHNOLOGY GROUP REDONDO BEACH CA

Personal Author(s) : Carrier,G. ; Fendell,F. ; Fleeter,R.

Report Date : 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 6

Abstract : Design of a laboratory experiment, to support further development of an already initiated theoretical model of wind-aided flame spread through a fuel matrix of large porosity, is presented. The design goals include delineation of a well-defined fuel matrix, careful control of the combustion environment (air flow and radiation), capacity for varying parameters (including fuel element type, matrix geometries, and introduction of upslope), and provision for attaining steady-state rate of spread (if one exists). If the model, given initial credibility by the laboratory experiment, is corroborated by field-scale data, then the model may be used with more confidence for predicting the movement in time of a fire front (with current position specified), through a partially combustible debris field of known topographical and aerothermochemical properties, under given meteorological conditions. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Nuclear explosion damage, *Explosion effects, *Fires, Flame propagation, Combustion, Wind velocity, Area coverage, Burning rate, Growth(General), Debris, Fuels, Matrices(Mathematics), Topography, Porosity, Urban areas, Symposia

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE