Fire Dynamics and Modelling

What will I learn?
The course will follow a structured approach starting from the general fundamental principles of combustion flammability and heat transfer, and will lead you through to the more specific study of fire spread and fire development in compartments. Open fires such as pool and jet fires will also be covered. The principles of fire protection practice and technology will be discussed within the context of understanding the fire development mechanism and the response of structures to fires. Your learning experience will be enhanced through worked examples and brief problems that you’ll be asked to attempt on your own or in groups. There will also be the opportunity for some hands-on experience with predictive PC packages.

How will I benefit?
On completion of this course, you should:

  • be able to apply general combustion and engineering principles to fires
  • know the parameters that influence flame spread and steady burning and be able to quantify the burning rate in compartment fires
  • predict the rate of development of the fire, the onset of flashover, and appreciate the application of these concepts to fire protection design
  • understand the factors influencing smoke toxicity and movement
  • be aware of the predictive tools that are available and become familiar with the application and use of such tools, through ‘hands-on’ practice.

The 2019 course programme and leaflet will be available approximately 3 months prior to the course. However, you can view and download the 2018 course details for further information by clicking the course leaflet and course programme link.

Day 1: Fundamental processes

  • Physical concepts
  • Fuel and combustion processes and fundamentals
  • Limits of flammability
  • Heat transfer: conduction and convection

Day 2: Radiation, ignition and flame spread

  • Radiation from fires
  • Ignition - general, gaseous/liquid fuels and solids
  • Spread of flame
  • Fire behaviour and modern buildings

Day 3: Pool fires, jet fires and cloud fires

  • Steady burning diffusion fires
  • Pool fires in the open
  • Jet fires
  • Radiation from flames
  • Example calculations: radiation flux from flare on escape route
  • Pool and jet fires, large-scale tests
  • Cloud fires
  • Pool and jet fires in compartments

Day 4: Compartment fires

  • The growth period
  • Flashover
  • The post-flashover period and backdraughts
  • Fire performance of structures
  • Smoke movement
  • Fire combustion products and toxicity as a function of ventilation conditions

Day 5: Compartment fire modelling

  • Overview of fire models
  • A zone model in detail – CFAST
  • Using CFD models
  • Hands on experience with a zone model


This course is for you if you wish or need to gain a comprehensive, scientifically-based analysis and engineering quantification tools, of fire development and consequence assessment in industrial and residential scenarios. Perhaps you’re involved in the design and operation of buildings and chemical plant (architect, civil engineer, chemical engineer) or in the design of protection systems (passive and active system developer, manufacturer, installer). Maybe you’re responsible for building and plant safety on a day-to-day basis, a regulator or adviser (Health and Safety Executive, Fire Service, Home Office, local authority, building control office, consultant, insurer) or firefighting professional. This course would also be very useful if you’re a new researcher in the field. 

"A fast paced course that has excellent speakers that will provide you with a great understanding of fire dynamics and modelling" Nissan

"An intensive and thorough course focusing on fundamentals and more advanced areas of fire and explosion science with a view to achieve a working level of proficiency in a short time frame" ARUP

"A very detailed an intense crash course on the A-Z of Fire Dynamics. I would totally recommend it to anyone interested in the field of Fire Design & Safety" DNV GL

This course has been approved for 33.5 continuing professional development (CPD) hours by The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE). 
The Energy Institute has approved Leeds University – Faculty of Engineering – as an Approved Training Provider.

Full five days: £TBC
Any one day: £TBC

Fees include:

  • cost of tuition
  • course materials
  • lunches
  • light refreshments
  • course dinner on Monday 

15% discount for members of The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE).

Weetwood Hall Conference Centre and Hotel
Otley Road
LS16 5PS


The course will take place at the Weetwood Hall Hotel and Conference Centre, which is situated to the north of Leeds at the junction of the A660 Leeds - Skipton road and the A6120 Outer Ring Road.

The hotel accommodation preferential rates have now expired, any accommodation requests should be made direct with the hotel and will be subject to availability and rates.​​

+ 44 (0)113 343 5746

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