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Global Properties of Gaseous Pool Fires



Anthony P. Hamins, K Konishi, Robert P. Borthwick, Takashi Kashiwagi


Global flame properties were measured as a function of fuel mass in a series of experiments conducted on gaseous pool fires burning in a quiescent environment. The measurements included radiative heat loss, heat transfer to the burner, and sensible enthalpy transfer to the surroundings by convection. A large number of fires was studied encompassing a wide range of pool fire parameters. Measurements were conducted using methane, propane, natural gas, and acetylene in burners varying from 0.1 to 1 m in diameter, producing flames fom 0.1 to 2 m in height with total heat release rates from 0.4 to 200 kW. From these measurements, the combustion efficiency was calculated for smoky fires.
Proceedings Title
Combustion Institute, Symposium (International) on Combustion, 26th. Proceedings. Volume 1.
Conference Dates
July 28-August 2, 1996
Conference Location


combustion, pool fires, combustion efficiency, flame height, heat release rate, fire research


Hamins, A. , Konishi, K. , Borthwick, R. and Kashiwagi, T. (1996), Global Properties of Gaseous Pool Fires, Combustion Institute, Symposium (International) on Combustion, 26th. Proceedings. Volume 1., Napoli, , [online], (Accessed June 23, 2024)


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Created July 28, 1996, Updated February 19, 2017