Experimental Wind Tunnel Tour for Wildland Fire Applications


Sponsored by the North Atlantic Fire Science Exchange

Hosted by Dr. Albert Simeoni - Worcester, MA

Register by September 21st. Space is limited to 20 participants.

Come to Worcester Polytechnic Institute to visit the largest fire laboratory in academia in the US and learn about the wildland fire research that is conducted there. A 20 ft long wind tunnel is currently used to conduct basic research on the influence of wind on fire spread through multi-layered fuel beds, from pine needle beds to shrubs. This work is done within the framework of a SERDP research proposal in collaboration with the Forest Service and several universities. Other research is done at small scale in order to better characterize vegetation as a fuel and how it burns under diverse conditions.

Cost: Free.

Working Agenda
12:00-1:00pm - Lunch (included) in the FPE Cafe
1:00-1:45pm - Presentations on lab capabilities, other experiments (on merging fire lines), and full wind-tunnel activities to date
1:45-2:45pm - Walk to Combustions Lab with Prof. Rangwala, showcasing other fire protection research topics
2:45-3:15pm - Fire propagation apparatus (FPA) experiment with Q & A
3:15-4:00pm - Wind tunnel experiment with Q & A

Location: Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Address: 100 Institute Rd, Worcester, MA 01609 (get directions)


Sep 26, 2018 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm



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