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Entrainment regimes and flame characteristics of wildland fires

Author(s): Ralph M. Nelson, Bret W. Butler, David R. Weise
Year Published: 2012

This paper reports results from a study of the flame characteristics of 22 wind-aided pine litter fires in a laboratory wind tunnel and 32 field fires in southern rough and litter–grass fuels. Flame characteristic and fire behaviour data from these fires, simple theoretical flame models and regression techniques are used to determine whether the data support the derived models. When the data do not support the models, alternative models are developed. The experimental fires are used to evaluate entrainment constants and air/fuel mass ratios in the model equations. Both the models and the experimental data are consistent with recently reported computational fluid dynamics simulations that suggest the existence of buoyancy- and convection-controlled regimes of fire behaviour. The results also suggest these regimes are delimited by a critical value of Byram’s convection number. Flame heights and air/fuel ratios behave similarly in the laboratory and field, but flame tilt angle relationships differ.

Citation: Nelson, Ralph M.; Butler, Bret W.; Weise, David R. 2012. Entrainment regimes and flame characteristics of wildland fires. International Journal of Wildland Fire 21(2):127-140. https://doi.org/10.1071/WF10034
Topic(s): Fire Behavior, Data Evaluation or Data Analysis for Fire Modeling, Simulation Modeling, Fire & Fuels Modeling
Ecosystem(s): None
Document Type: Book or Chapter or Journal Article
NRFSN number: 16925
FRAMES RCS number: 12017
TTRS (Tall Timbers Research Station) Number: 27379
Record updated: May 18, 2018