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Simulation of the Dynamics of a Fire in the Basement of a Hardware Store- New York, June 17, 2001

Published

Author(s)

Nelson P. Bryner, Stephen Kerber

Abstract

A computer based fire model, Fire Dynamic Simulator was used to reconstruction a portion of a fire that occurred in the basement of a hardware store. A FDS model scenario was deveoped that represented the building geometry, material thermal properties, and fire behavior based on inforamtion and photographs from investigations by the Fire Department of New York and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms. The FDS calculations that best represent the reported fire conditions indicate that a fire between 500 kW and 2000 kW originating near the rear basement door of the hardware store would have generated temperatures sufficient to cause the fusible link to release the fire door in less than 130 s.
Citation
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 7137
Report Number
7137

Keywords

computer fire model, Fire Dynamic Simulator, fire reconstruction, fire simulation, flammable liquid fire

Citation

Bryner, N. and Kerber, S. (2004), Simulation of the Dynamics of a Fire in the Basement of a Hardware Store- New York, June 17, 2001, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=861312 (Accessed April 14, 2024)
Created May 1, 2004, Updated February 19, 2017