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Fire, Flames And Dimensional Analysis

Thomas, P.H., 1991. Fire, Flames And Dimensional Analysis. Fire Safety Science 3: 3-26. doi:10.3801/IAFSS.FSS.3-3


In the context of the relationship between the fire safety engineer and the fire scientist a few scientific and engineering problems are discussed. Some comments are made about engineering theories of plumes and flames and a dimensionless correlation of the length of flames from a corner source under a ceiling is presented. Fire safety engineers may now be able to exploit a thermal theory of upward flame spread using data obtained by recently developed flammability tests.


flames, flame spread, ceilings, compartment fires

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