Editor’s Featured Article for June 2017. Congratulations to Ali Tohidi and Nigel Berkely Kaye on their paper below: Comprehensive wind tunnel experiments of lofting and downwind transport of non-combusting rod-like model firebrands during firebrand shower scenarios Ali continues to work on the study of firebrands, fire spread and fire whirls at the University of Maryland […]
Postdoctoral Scholar Ali Tohidi Receives IAFSS Best Thesis Award
Ali Tohidi, a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering, has recently been honored with the International Association for Fire Safety Science (IAFSS) 2017 Best Thesis Award for the Americas. Tohidi, who joined FPE after completing his PhD at Clemsen University in 2016, is one of three applicants and the only one in the Americas, […]
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 […]
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 […]
New Article Published in Proceedings of the Combustion Institute: "Local flame attachment and heat fluxes in wind-driven line fires"
We recently published a new paper: “Local flame attachment and heat fluxes in wind-driven line fires” in the Proceedings of the Combustion Institute. Wei Tang, PhD student was the lead author. You can read it here: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1540748916301225 A detailed experimental investigation of turbulent diffusion flames under forced flow was conducted to study local heat fluxes […]
Wildfire project awarded 2016 NFPA Fire Protection Research Foundation Medal
Each year, the Fire Protection Research Foundation recognizes a project that best expresses the safety mission, commitment to overcome technical challenges and collaborative execution approach that is the hallmark of Foundation projects with the Fire Protection Research Foundation Medal. NFPA is proud to announce the project, “Pathways for Building Fire Spread at the Wildland-Urban Interface” […]
Resources for Designing WUI Communities
We have posted several resources from our presentation today at the NFPA Conference. They can be read here or downloaded via PDF. A copy of the final presentation will also be posted soon. Resources for Designing WUI Communities (PDF) Presentation from NFPA 2016 (PDF) Resources for Designing WUI Communities Fire Modeling BEHAVE Plus: https://www.frames.gov/partner-sites/behaveplus/software-manuals/ A […]