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Upward Flame Spread over Discrete Fuels

dc.contributor.advisorGollner, Michael Jen_US
dc.contributor.authorMiller, Colinen_US
dc.date.accessioned2015-02-06T06:31:53Z
dc.date.available2015-02-06T06:31:53Z
dc.date.issued2014en_US
dc.identifierhttps://doi.org/10.13016/M2XG8W
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/16138
dc.description.abstractUpward flame spread over discrete fuels has been analyzed through experimental research on vertical arrays of alternating lengths of PMMA and insulation. By manipulating the lengths of the PMMA fuel and the insulation, several important trends related to flame spread were identified and assessed. The peak flame spread rate for arrays with 4 cm lengths of PMMA occurred at a fuel percentage of 67%; for arrays with 8 cm PMMA, a peak flame spread rate occurred at fuel percentages of 67%, 80%, and 89%. It has been hypothesized that increased air entrainment at these fuel percentages maximizes the flame spread rate. Based on observed trends, this study proposed a method for approximation of the fuel spread rate at various fuel percentages. Given reasonable estimates for the homogeneous flame spread rate and the lowest fuel percentage that sustains spread, an estimation for intermediate spread rate values is feasible.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.titleUpward Flame Spread over Discrete Fuelsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentFire Protection Engineeringen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledEngineeringen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolleddiscreteen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledfireen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledflameen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledfuelsen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledspreaden_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledupwarden_US


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