FPE researchers create improved computer models as well as applying existing computer simulations of fire behavior. Activities involve both Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and zone modeling. CFD models include both direct numerical simulation (DNS) and large eddy simulation (LES) of turbulent reacting flows. Applications involve the physical modeling of fire-related phenomena, including:

  • Buoyancy-generated turbulence
  • Turbulent combustion
  • Soot formation and oxidation
  • Combustion-generated toxic products
  • Radiation heat transfer
  • Wall surface heat transfer
  • Water-based fire suppression systems
  • Pyrolysis, material flammability and flame spread
  • Flash fires, fireballs and explosions
  • Wildland fire propagation