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Reduced-scale Experimental Facility to Characterize Firebrand Ignition



Samuel L. Manzello, Sayaka Suzuki


Large outdoor fires are a problem in Japan and the USA. In order to prevent losing structures to large outdoor fires, it is important to understand the vulnerabilities of structures to firebrand showers and then, strengthen structures to these exposures. Ignition resistant structures will also lead to improved firefighting strategies, since the number of structure ignitions may be reduced significantly. Joint Japanese and USA efforts to develop methodologies to mitigate ignition from firebrand showers will enable disaster resilient communities in both countries. This presentation will focus on development of this methodology. In particular, a recently developed reduced-scale facility at NRIFD will be presented that is focused on firebrand ignition.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the 53rd Annual Japanese Combustion Symposium
Conference Dates
November 16-18, 2015
Conference Location


Large Outdoor Fires, Ignition, Firebrands


Manzello, S. and Suzuki, S. (2015), Reduced-scale Experimental Facility to Characterize Firebrand Ignition, Proceedings of the 53rd Annual Japanese Combustion Symposium, Tsukuba, -1 (Accessed April 20, 2024)
Created November 16, 2015, Updated February 19, 2017