FPE PhD Candidate Sriram Bharath Wins 3rd Place in 2017 Dean’s Master’s Research Competition Sriram Bharath, who will in the fall semester be a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, focusing on Fire Protection Engineering (FPE), has received third place in the 2017 Dean’s Master’s Research Competition from the UMD Clark School of […]
New paper published in Combustion and Flame: An investigation of coherent structures in laminar boundary layer flames
An investigation of coherent structures in laminar boundary layer flames Miller, C.H., Tang, W., Finney, M.A., McAllister, S.S., Forthofer, J.M., Gollner, M.J., Combustion and Flame, 181, 123-135 Observations of coherent structures in boundary layer flames, particularly wildland fires, motivated an investigation on instabilities in a boundary layer flame. This experimental study examined streaklike […]
Flame Spread Papers from the Proceedings of the Combustion Institute Now Available
Three papers from our group on flame spread published in the Proceedings of the Combustion Institute are now fully indexed and available online. Two have pre-prints available, the other please contact me for access. Sample Width Effects on Horizontal Flame Spread Over a Thin PMMA Surface Jiang, L., Miller, C.H., Gollner, M.J., Sun, J., Proceedings of […]
Gollner to Receive Proulx Early Career Award at 2017 IAFSS Symposium
FPE Assistant Professor, Michael Gollner, is set to receive the International Association of Fire Safety Science (IAFSS) Early Career Proulx Award for his major scientific contributions to the understanding of flame spread, wildland wildland-urban interface fire spread, and fire whirls. “Michael is a rising star of the fire science community, an innovative engineer with great vision of […]
Congratulations to Huahua Xiao for his Best Poster Award
Congratulations to Huahau Xiao from Aerospace Engineering for winning a best poster award at the Burgers Symposium on Fluid Mechanics at the University of Maryland. The poster was “Blue whirl – reacting vortex phenomenon?” by Huahua Xiao, Michael Gollner and Elaine Oran. Well done, Huahua!
PhD Student Positions Available at the University of Maryland
The University of Maryland, College Park is recruiting one or more PhD students to work in combustion and fire research starting in the summer or fall semester, 2017. Several projects related to the physics of wildland fires including ignition, spread, instabilities and fire whirls are ongoing, primarily experimental. Strong experimental and/or analytical skills are desired […]
New Article Published: A Survey of Transient Fire Load on Passenger Ferry Vessels
We recently published a new article in Fire Technology: A Survey of Transient Fire Load on Passenger Ferry Vessels by Brian M. Hall and Michael J. Gollner. Read the article here: A Survey of Transient Fire Load on Passenger Ferry Vessels Hall, B.M. and Gollner, M.J., Fire Technology, DOI: 10.1007/s10694-016-0629-8 Abstract Aluminum ferries in the United States are unique in that they have […]
Welcoming Dr. Ali Tohidi to our group!
We are very happy to welcome Dr. Ali Tohidi, who joined our group last month as a Postdoctoral Scholar. Dr. Tohidi brings with him a wealth of experience on the transport of firebrands and fundamental fluid mechanics. Ali will be working with Michael and the rest of the group on the generation, transport and ignition […]
New Discovery, Blue Whirl published in PNAS
Fire tornados, or ‘fire whirls,’ pose a powerful and essentially uncontrollable threat to life, property, and the surrounding environment in large urban and wildland fires. But now, a team of researchers in the A. James Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland (UMD) say their discovery of a type of fire tornado they […]
New paper published in the Proceedings of the Combustion Institute: "Steady and transient pyrolysis of a non-charring solid fuel under forced flow"
Read it here: doi:10.1016/j.proci.2016.07.043 Abstract In previous work, the Reynolds analogy was used to develop a theoretical expression that allowed for the estimation of local mass burning rates in steady laminar boundary layer diffusion flames established over liquid and solid fuels. This technique was used to elucidate the mechanisms responsible for pyrolysis of both solid and […]