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An elliptical growth model of forest fire fronts and its numerical solution
Document Type: Journal Article
Author(s): G. D. Richards
Publication Year: 1990

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Record Last Modified: June 19, 2019
FRAMES Record Number: 58067

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A system of differential equations that describe the growth of a forest fire front in time for variable fuel, weather and topographical conditions is derived. The system is first order, non‐linear and contains parameters that can be obtained from forestry data. A finite difference solution is presented, together with its inherent problems and their solution. Results are presented for a variety of situations that include variable fuel, wind and fire breaks. It is found that the equations and their solution efficiently produce simulations for complex problems.

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Richards, G.D., 1 990. An elliptical growth model of forest fire fronts and its numerical solutions. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering. 30, 1163-1179.