Modeling ignition and burning rate of large woody natural fuels
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): F. A. Albini; E. D. Reinhardt
Publication Year: 1995

Cataloging Information

  • fire intensity
  • fire management
  • fuel loading
  • histories
  • ignition
  • laboratory fires
  • rate of spread
  • temperature
  • wildfires
  • woody fuels
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Record Last Modified: June 1, 2018
FRAMES Record Number: 35665
Tall Timbers Record Number: 9982
TTRS Location Status: In-file
TTRS Call Number: Journals-I
TTRS Abstract Status: Okay, Fair use, Reproduced by permission

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As part of the development of a model for predicting fuel loading reductions by and intensity histories of fires burning in large woody natural fuels, it was necessary to develop separate models for the processes of ignition and rate of burning of individual fuel elements. This paper describes the derivation of predictive equations for ignition delay time and burning rate (from diameter reduction rate) of large woody natural fuels in a fire environment. The method consists of deriving approximate functional forms using fuel component properties and a measurable 'fire environment temperature' and then fitting these forms to data taken in laboratory fires using a large propane burner.The equations describe the calibration data with precision adequate for the purpose for which they were designed. ©IAWF Abstract reproduced from the International Journal of Wildland Fire (Albini, F.A. and E.D. Reinhardt, 1995) with the kind permission of CSIRO PUBLISHING on behalf of the International Association of Wildland Fire. ( Abstract may not be reproduced in any other publication, whether printed or electronic, without the prior written permission of CSIRO PUBLISHING.

Online Link(s):
Albini, F. A., and E. D. Reinhardt. 1995. Modeling ignition and burning rate of large woody natural fuels. International Journal of Wildland Fire, v. 5, no. 2, p. 81-91.