Upward flame spread on vertical walls. An approximate but complete model and experiments

A. K. Kulkarni, S. J. Fischer

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Analytical and experimental results from an investigation on upward flame spread on vertical wall are reported here. First, a detailed review of literature on upward flame spread is presented. An approximate, but complete analytical procedure for predicting upward flame spread on practical materials, which can be used in a global fire hazard assessment model, is then described. The model uses material 'fire properties' obtained from small scale tests and other available physical properties to predict growth of fire in an upward flame spreading situation on walls made of practical materials. Experimental results on upward flame spread on various materials are obtained and the validity of the model is established.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)53-61
Number of pages9
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Heat Transfer Division, (Publication) HTD
StatePublished - Dec 1 1989
EventWaste Heat Utilization: Presented at the Winter Annual Meeting of the ASME - San Francisco, CA, USA
Duration: Dec 10 1989Dec 15 1989

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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