Studying the Impact of Ventilation on Fire Patterns

Online Course Provides Introduction to Heat Transfer and Fire Measurement

May 3, 2019

Course title: Introduction to Heat Transfer and Fire Measurements. Photograph of firefighters fighting a house fire.

The UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI) released a new online training course as part of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) funded “Study of the Impact of Ventilation on Fire Patterns” project.

The “Introduction to Heat Transfer and Fire Measurement” course is divided into three sections:

  1. Heat & Temperature – understanding the difference between heat and temperature
  2. Heat Transfer – understanding the basic principles of heat transfer
  3. Fire Measurement – understanding the instrumentation used to collect data in fire conditions and how that data is applied to the understanding of heat transfer

This course is designed to teach users about heat transfer (e.g., convection, conduction, and radiation), the types of measurements made during fire experiments (e.g., temperature, pressure, velocity), and the instrumentation used to make the measurements (e.g., thermocouples, heat flux gauges).

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)’s 1033, the Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator, requires that fire investigators shall have and maintain up to date knowledge of these topics. This course covers thermodynamics (heat transfer) and thermometry (thermal measurements). These are two of the topics identified in the course.   

Access the course here.

Relevant Resources

RESOURCE #1: Impact of Ventilation on Fire Patterns Project Page

RESOURCE #2: Fire Investigation Data Portal

RESOURCE #3: Impact of Flashover Fire Conditions on Exposed Energized Electrical Cords and Cables Report

RESOURCE #4: Impact of Fixed Ventilation Fire Damage Patterns in Full-Scale Structures Report