Progress in Modeling Wildland Fires using Computational Fluid Dynamics

Published: June 12, 2017


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
Pub Type: Conferences


Computational Fluid Dynamics, Fire, Wildfire
Created June 12, 2017, Updated February 08, 2018