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Christopher U Brown (Fed)

Dr. Christopher Brown is a Fire Protection Engineer in the Fire Fighting Technology (FFT) Group of the Fire Research Division (FRD) of the Engineering Laboratory (EL) at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). He is currently involved with projects related to Smart Firefighting such as developing a wireless fire hose water flow meter apparatus, backdraft experiments using a reduced-scale compartment, and developing a machine learning based irregular heart rhythm detection model. He also participates in the High Energy Arcing Fault (HEAF) full-scale experiments and performs IR video analysis. He contributes as a Guest with the Wildland Fire Investigations Task Group for NFPA 921 Technical Committee on Fire and Explosion Investigations. Prior to NIST, he attended West Virginia University and received PhD and MS degrees in mechanical engineering with a research focus on bone mechanics, and a BS in aerospace engineering. He volunteers at the Urbana Volunteer Fire and Rescue Station 23 in Frederick County Maryland as a firefighter and member of the Board of Directors.


Report on High Energy Arcing Fault Experiments: Experimental Results from Medium-Voltage Bus Duct and Switchgear Enclosures

Gabriel Taylor, Anthony D. Putorti Jr., Scott Bareham, Christopher U. Brown, Wai Cheong Tam, Ryan Falkenstein-Smith, Stephen Fink, Michael Heck, Edward Hnetkovsky, Nicholas Melly, Kenneth Hamburger, Kenneth Miller
This report documents an experimental program designed to investigate high energy arcing fault (HEAF) phenomena for medium-voltage, metal-enclosed bus ducts and

Patents (2018-Present)

Wireless Fire Hose Flow Rate Apparatus And Measuring Flow Rate In A Fire Hose

NIST Inventors
Gregory W. Vogl , Wai Cheong Tam and Christopher U Brown
A wireless sensor network was used to measure water-flow rate in a fire hose. An accelerometer was chosen as the sensor to measure the flow rate based on the vibrations generated by water flowing through a fire hose close to the hose nozzle. These sensors are small, lightweight, and can attach to
Created October 9, 2019, Updated December 8, 2022