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Physical Approximations for Urban Fire Spread Simulations

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Physical Approximations for Urban Fire Spread Simulations
The issue of fire propagation in cities is of obvious importance to Civil Authorities, but does present issues of computational complexity. Our basic assumption is that some event has occurred to disrupt the normal damage prevention infrastructure, i.e. the Fire Department, so that the fire spreads unhindered through the city. For the most part, the spread of fire is stopped inside the building by construction methods (fire glazing, fire proof treatment of woods etc), and the internal sprinkler systems. In many cities the sprinkler systems are fed by the municipal water supply, so should that fail due to catastrophic damage, buildings will burn uncontrolled. The Fire Control Services are, of course, the next line of defense, but, given our assumption, they are incapable of dealing with the fire for some reason. We then wish to find out how fire will spread in a disaster situation, allowing the fire department and other civil authorities to combat a scenario, armed with the knowledge o...
Daniel J. Bertinshaw, Hans W. Guesgen
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Type Conference
Year 2004
Where FLAIRS
Authors Daniel J. Bertinshaw, Hans W. Guesgen
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