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Modelling The Fireballs From Methane Releases

Makhviladze, G.M., Roberts, J.P. and Yakush, S.E., 1997. Modelling The Fireballs From Methane Releases. Fire Safety Science 5: 213-224. doi:10.3801/IAFSS.FSS.5-213


Fireballs occurring on ignition of accidentally released fuel present a major danger because of emission of strong heat radiation. Assessment of the fireball parameters is important for fire safety and risk analysis. In this paper a numerical model for the burning of a methane cloud released into the atmosphere is presented. The internal structure of the fireball arising upon ignition of the release is revealed and the main stages of burning are discussed.


external fires, fire safety, fireballs, modeling

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