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Thermal Environment Prediction In Steel-bounded Preflashover Compartment Fires

Peatross, M.J. and Beyler, C.L., 1994. Thermal Environment Prediction In Steel-bounded Preflashover Compartment Fires. Fire Safety Science 4: 205-216. doi:10.3801/IAFSS.FSS.4-205


Fifteen natural ventilation and twelve forced ventilation compartment fire experiments were conducted in a steel ship compartment. Experimental results were used to modify a temperature correlation, developed by Deal and Beyler [I], making it applicable to compartments with conductive boundaries. In addition to validating the temperature correlation using measured vent flow rates, the use of predicted vent flow rates was investigated. The McCaffrey, Quintiere, and Harkleroad (MQH) Method for temperature prediction was modified for use with conductive boundaries and also compared with experimental results. Each of these methods predicted temperatures with success.


temperature prediction, preflashover fires, forced ventilation, natural ventilation, compartment fires

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