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.
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
- 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
Who should attend?
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.
What our delegates say
"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: £1595
Any one day: £410
- cost of tuition
- course materials
- light refreshments
- course dinner on Monday 29 October
15% discount for members of The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE).
Weetwood Hall Conference Centre and Hotel
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.
We have negotiated the following special rates per night for our delegates:
Friday – Sunday evening, bed and breakfast £82
Monday – Thursday evening, bed and breakfast £86
To take advantage of these special rates, please book by contacting the hotel direct on 0113 230 6000 (Stevie Standerline or Emma Barker), E: firstname.lastname@example.org. Please quote "University of Leeds CPD Unit" and the course name when contacting Weetwood Hall to book accommodation.
Please note that accommodation bookings must be made two weeks before the course commences at the latest to qualify for the special rates and to guarantee room availability. Any accommodation requests after this date will be subject to availability and rates. A list of alternative hotels is available on request.
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