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Fire Model Validation – Eight Lessons Learned



Kevin B. McGrattan, Richard D. Peacock, Kristopher J. Overholt


This paper provides a summary of a decade-long effort to verify and validate a variety of different fire models used in the commercial nuclear industry. The lessons learned apply to any industry in which fire models are used in a regulatory context. The two critical lessons are that regulatory authorities need a simple way to quantify the accuracy of the model prediction, and an unambiguous way to assess whether the experiments used for validation are appropriate for the proposed application of the model.
Proceedings Title
Fire Safety Science - Proceedings of the Eleventh International Symposium
Conference Dates
February 10-14, 2014
Conference Location
Conference Title
Eleventh International Symposium on Fire Safety Science


fire modeling, model validation, model uncertainty


McGrattan, K. , Peacock, R. and Overholt, K. (2014), Fire Model Validation – Eight Lessons Learned, Fire Safety Science - Proceedings of the Eleventh International Symposium, Christchurch , -1, [online], (Accessed June 20, 2024)


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Created March 6, 2014, Updated February 19, 2017