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On the Use of Laboratory Scale Experiments to Better Understand Firebrand Generation From Large Outdoor Fires

Published

Author(s)

Samuel L. Manzello, Sayaka Suzuki

Abstract

Experiments were conducted using mock-ups of full-scale roofing assemblies to determine if any insight into firebrand generation from real-scale structures as well as actual urban and wildland-urban interface (WUI) fires was possible using simpler laboratory methodologies. Firebrands generated in the current work were collected and compared with those collected from previous experiments that made use of full-scale roofing assemblies constructed of common building materials as well as firebrand data collected from actual urban and WUI fires. The wind influence on firebrand production using the developed experimental method using mock-ups of full-scale roofing assemblies was investigated. Results of this study are presented towards the ultimate goal of using smaller-scale, mock-up experiments to evaluate a given building material’s propensity to generate firebrands.
Proceedings Title
Interflam 2019
Conference Dates
June 30-July 3, 2019
Conference Location
Windsor

Keywords

Firebrands, WUI fires, Urban Fires, Generation

Citation

Manzello, S. and Suzuki, S. (2019), On the Use of Laboratory Scale Experiments to Better Understand Firebrand Generation From Large Outdoor Fires, Interflam 2019, Windsor, -1 (Accessed March 3, 2024)
Created June 29, 2019, Updated August 20, 2020