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Progress in Modeling Wildland Fires using Computational Fluid Dynamics



Kevin B. McGrattan


This paper presents a sensitivity study for computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations of grassland fires. The simulations are compared with the results of experiments conducted in northern Australia in 1986. The report of these experiments notes that wind speed and moisture content are the most important factors determining the spread rate of the fire front. These and various other physical and numerical parameters in the model are varied to determined their relative importance in the simulation.
Conference Dates
April 23-26, 2017
Conference Location
College Park, MD
Conference Title
10th U.S. National Combustion Meeting


Computational Fluid Dynamics, Fire, Wildfire


McGrattan, K. (2017), Progress in Modeling Wildland Fires using Computational Fluid Dynamics, 10th U.S. National Combustion Meeting, College Park, MD, [online], (Accessed July 14, 2024)


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Created June 12, 2017, Updated February 14, 2020