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Evaluation of Complex Fire Models (NISTIR 6030)



Richard D. Peacock, Paul A. Reneke, Walter W. Jones


Several methods for studying predictive capability and sensitivity have been applied to fire models, but with limited utility. These range from explicit evaluation of the equations used in simple models such as ASET to evaluation of complex models from numerous computer runs of a model along with usually quantitative comparison to laboratory experiments. This paper presents a discussion of the issues involved in conducting an evaluation of a complex room fire model. Examples using currently available room fire models are presented.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 6030
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fire safety, fire research, fire models, sensitivity analysis, evaluation, room fires


Peacock, R. , Reneke, P. and Jones, W. (1997), Evaluation of Complex Fire Models (NISTIR 6030), NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 20, 2024)
Created June 1, 1997, Updated June 2, 2021