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Development and Characterization of Continuous Feed Firebrand Generator



Samuel L. Manzello, Sayaka Suzuki


Evidence suggests that wind driven firebrand showers are a major cause of structural ignition in Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) fires. While firebrands have been researched for over four decades, prior studies have focused mainly on how far firebrands fly and are of limited use to design firebrand resistant structures. The NIST Firebrand Generator (NIST Dragon) is an experimental device that can generate a firebrand shower in a safe and repeatable fashion. The coupling of the NIST Dragon and BRI’s FRWTF is leading to progress in assessing vulnerabilities of structures to a firebrand attack. A brief summary of key results to date using the NIST Dragon installed in the FRWTF are provided elsewhere (e.g. [1]) While the NIST Dragon has been used to
Proceedings Title
2013 Annual JAFSE Symposium
Conference Dates
June 8-9, 2013
Conference Location


WUI Fires


Manzello, S. and Suzuki, S. (2013), Development and Characterization of Continuous Feed Firebrand Generator, 2013 Annual JAFSE Symposium, Kumamoto, -1 (Accessed May 26, 2024)


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Created May 6, 2013, Updated February 19, 2017