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Modeling Solid Sample Burning With FDS



Gregory T. Linteris, L W. Gewuerz, Kevin B. McGrattan, Glenn P. Forney


Black PMMA was burned in the cone calorimeter in two orientations (horizontal and vertical), at imposed radiant heat fluxes of (0, 5, 10, 25, 50, and 75) kW/m2, and the visual appearance, flame size, heat release rate, and mass loss rate were recorded. Various other experimental parameters were varied. The topography of the burned samples was also recorded, and the heat flux to the sample was inferred from the variation of the mass loss over the surface of the sample. The burning was subsequently modeled using the NIST Fire Dynamics Simulator, and various experimental, numerical, and physical parameters were varied in the simulations. The results provide an indication of the ability of FDS to predict the burning of a simple solid sample, and also provide guidance concerning the importance of various experimental and numerical parameters for accurate simulation.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7178
Report Number


cone calorimeter, fire modeling, materials flammabillity


Linteris, G. , Gewuerz, L. , McGrattan, K. and Forney, G. (2005), Modeling Solid Sample Burning With FDS, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed July 20, 2024)


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Created June 1, 2005, Updated November 10, 2018