Maximum spread rate of fires

  • Vasily B. Novozhilov University of Ulster, Jordanstown Campus
Keywords: Fire Dynamics, Calculus of Variations, Optimization


Variational formulation is proposed for estimation of maximum possible spread rate of compartment fires. The model will serve as a conservative estimation in the absence of accurate fire spread prediction models.

 Proposed variational problem is not likely fall into any of well investigated classes. The paper presents, therefore, an open mathematical problem with the aim of generating interest in its solution.

Author Biography

Vasily B. Novozhilov, University of Ulster, Jordanstown Campus

The Institute for Fire Safety Engineering Research and Technology

Professor of Fire Dynamics