Fully-involved fire dynamics in ceiling-vented Compartments

Craig Lawson, Iain Loggie, Agustin Majdalani, Richard O. Carvel

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Side-vented compartment fires are well described in the literature. Compartment fires with only a ceiling- vent are poorly understood in comparison. A series of 29 experiments in a reduced-scale, ceiling-vented compartment have been carried out to observe and characterise the four expected modes of burning. Ghosting flames and pool fire behaviour are both observed when the compartment temperatures are above 500°C, the former occurring at lower fuel loadings, the latter at higher fuel loadings. Pulsing behaviour is less common and exists at lower temperatures as a transition between other modes of burning. Asymmetric flow patterns can also occur with asymmetric arrangements of fuel or with very large ceiling vents.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the Tenth International Seminar on Fire and Explosion Hazards
PublisherUniversity of South-Eastern Norway
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-82-7206-721-1
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2022
Event10th International Symposium on Fire & Explosion Hazards - Radisson Blu Scandinavia Hotel, Oslo, Norway
Duration: 23 May 202227 May 2022
Conference number: 10


Conference10th International Symposium on Fire & Explosion Hazards
Abbreviated titleISFEH10
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