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Issues in Numerical Simulation of Fire Suppression



S R. Tieszen, Amelia R. Lopez


This paper outlines general physical and computational issues associated with performing numerical simulation of fire suppression. Fire suppression encompasses a broad range of chemistry and physics over a lxge range of time and length scales. The authors discuss the dominant physical/ chemical processes imponant to fire suppression that must be captured by a fire suppression model to be of engineering usefulness. First-principles solutions are not possible due to computational limitations. even with the new generation of tera-flop computers. A basic strategy combining computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation techniques with subgrid model approximations for processes that have length scales unresolvable by gridding is presented.
Special Publication (NIST SP) - 984-4
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Tieszen, S. and R., A. (1999), Issues in Numerical Simulation of Fire Suppression, Special Publication (NIST SP), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed June 22, 2024)


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Created April 27, 1999, Updated February 19, 2017