Heat Transfer in Fire

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H. W. Emmons

Division of Engineering and Applied Physics, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass.

J. Heat Transfer 95(2), 145-151 (May 01, 1973) (7 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3450012 History: Received September 28, 1972; Online August 11, 2010


The essential role played by heat and mass transfer processes in fire is discussed, and the need for the development of an understanding of fire through the application of analysis and modeling techniques so successful in heat transfer is indicated. Practical design for fire protection today stands where heat transfer design stood 50 years ago. Many of the same techniques that changed heat transfer design from an empirical to a rational process can similarly transform fire safety design and fire control operations.

Copyright © 1973 by ASME
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