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Chemical Structure of Medium-Scale Liquid Pool Fires



Ryan Falkenstein-Smith, Kunhyuk Sung, Jian Chen, Anthony Hamins


This work documents a series of time-averaged local gas species measurements made throughout the centerline profile of 30 cm methanol, ethanol, and acetone pool fires steadily burning in a quiescent environment. All gas species measurements were obtained using extractive sampling, then analyzed using a Gas Chromatograph/Mass Spectrometer Detector (GC/MSD). The volume fraction of each species was calculated via the number of moles identified by the GC/MSD at each location along the fire's centerline. Soot mass fractions were also measured during the gas sampling process. The gas species and soot mass fractions were compared at different locations for fires burning the three fuels.
Proceedings Title
13th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science
Conference Dates
April 27-May 1, 2020
Conference Location


Moderately-sized pool fires, Acetone fuel, Ethanol fuel, Methanol fuel, Gas species measurements


Falkenstein-Smith, R. , Sung, K. , Chen, J. and Hamins, A. (2020), Chemical Structure of Medium-Scale Liquid Pool Fires, 13th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science, Waterloo, -1, [online], (Accessed June 18, 2024)


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Created May 13, 2020, Updated March 1, 2021