The structure of some quasi-steady fire-spread waves
Document Type: Conference Paper
Author(s): A. L. Berlad; Richard C. Rothermel; William H. Frandsen
Publication Year: 1971

Cataloging Information

  • combustion
  • energy
  • fine fuels
  • fire regimes
  • fuel arrangement
  • fuel types
  • histories
  • laboratory fires
  • rate of spread
  • statistical analysis
  • temperature
  • wind
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An experimental and theoretical examination of the mass burning and evaporation-rate structure of a bed of fine solid-fuel elements is made for several cases of quasi-steady firespread waves propagating along and into the surface of the bed. Several distinct regimes are found to characterize the vaporization and degradation history of the fuel array. The extent of penetration of the propagating-flame phenomenon into the fuel array is found related to various thermophysical constants as well as the vaporization kinetic parameters which characterize the array and its elements.

Berlad, A. L., R. C. Rothermel, and W. H. Frandsen. 1971. The structure of some quasi-steady fire-spread waves, Thirteenth Symposium on Combustion. p. 927-933,