Thermal Measurements in Large Pool Fires

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J. J. Gregory, N. R. Keltner, R. Mata

Thermal Test and Analysis Division, Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque, NM 87185

J. Heat Transfer 111(2), 446-454 (May 01, 1989) (9 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3250697 History: Received October 05, 1987; Online October 20, 2009


During the summer of 1983, a series of pool fire tests was conducted in which the test item was a 1.4-m-dia, 6.4-m-long, mild steel calorimeter with a mass of approximately 10,000 kg. The purpose of these tests was to study the thermal response of a large test item in a specified fire configuration, to define thermal boundary conditions, and to assess the repeatability of the fire environment. While the calorimeter used in the tests simulated a nuclear waste transportation cask, the results of the study have broader application to the truck and rail transport of hydrocarbon fuels and hazardous chemicals.

Copyright © 1989 by ASME
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