Predicting the heat release rates of liquid pool fires in mechanically ventilated compartments

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  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland


In this paper we perform predictive simulations of liquid pool fires in mechanically ventilated compartments. We show that steady state burning rates are accurately predicted using a detailed model for the liquid phase heat transfer. The effect of lowered oxygen vitiation on the burning rate of pool fires is correctly captured. Simulations were done using the Fire Dynamics Simulator and the experiments considered were conducted in the OECD PRISME project. The main difference between the present study and previous simulation studies is the use of a detailed liquid evaporation model and the direct calculation of the vitiation and thermal environment interactions through the CFD solver.


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-275
Number of pages10
JournalFire Safety Journal
Early online date15 Mar 2017
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2017
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

    Research areas

  • Compartment fires, Industrial fires, Modelling, Pool fire

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