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Fire Science and Engineering 2 (CIVE08024)


Civil Engineering





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Course Summary

This course provides a multidisciplinary introduction to fire dynamics covering fundamentals applicable to fire safety engineering in the built environment, manufacturing, and process industries. It considers the processes that govern how fires are ignited and how they burn and how they can be controlled through engineering design. The course covers fundamental fire science including thermochemistry, transient heat transfer, material flammability, smoke and fire plumes, and basic fire models; as well as the principles of fire safety engineering, including regulation relevant to the built environment and process industries.The course is structured around taught material, and a mix of tutorials based on group-based discussion and problem solving.

Course Description

LECTURER-LED LEARNINGIntroduction:The role of fire science in fire engineering in the built and natural environment; process safety; tensions and drivers of fire safety engineering; role of fire science in engineering design.Thermochemistry:Fuels; combustion chemistry; flames and flame structure; explosions.Heat transfer:Modes; transient conduction; defining boundary conditions; convective heat transfer coefficients.Material flammability:Pyrolysis; ignition; burning rate; flame spread.Smoke and fire plumes:Characterising a fire plume; smoke control calculations; detection and suppression.Compartment fire dynamics:Fire growth; flashover; ventilation-controlled fires.Fire models:Zone and field models (introduction)STUDENT-LED LEARNINGTutorials to alternate between student-led group discussion and problem-based sessions expanding on the taught content based on the themes below. This will allow the students to demonstrate understanding of the theories through discussion and application of the equations through exercises of varying degrees of difficulty. Tutorial themesIgnition sourcesFire testingFire hazards of consumer goodsFire hazards in manufacturing systemsFire hazards to infrastructureWildfiresSustainability and fire safety

Assessment Information

Written Exam 70%, Coursework 30%, Practical Exam 0%

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