Transient Plume Influence in Measurement of Convective Heat Release Rates of Fast-Growing Fires Using a Large-Scale Fire Products Collector

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Hong-Zeng Yu

Factory Mutual Research Corporation, Norwood, MA 02062

J. Heat Transfer 112(1), 186-191 (Feb 01, 1990) (6 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2910343 History: Received October 11, 1988; Revised June 22, 1989; Online May 23, 2008


A theory for strongly buoyant transient plumes was used to determine whether the convective heat flow measured by a large-scale Fire Products Collector (FPC) could approximate the instantaneous convective heat release rate generated by fast-growing fires. The theory was confirmed by the plume data of rack storage fires obtained in this study. The theory provides a scheme for deriving the convective heat release rate generated at the fire source from the convective heat flow measured by the FPC.

Copyright © 1990 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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