Determining the Influence of Wind Speed on Structural Firebrand Generation in Laboratory Experiments
Samuel L. Manzello, Sayaka Suzuki
Firebrands generated from structures are a source of rapid fire spread within communities during large outdoor fires, such as wildland-urban (WUI) fires and urban fires. Though the wind plays an important role during large outdoor fire spread, little known is the influence of wind speeds on firebrand production. A series of experiments were performed using simple, laboratory-scale roofing assemblies exposed to wind. The objective of this study was to examine if experiments with simplified roofing assemblies may provide useful insights into firebrand generation from complex, actual WUI and urban fires. The results of this study are discussed.
Proceedings of the 56th Japanese Combustion Symposium