Heat Release in Fires
Hardback: 644 pages. 3rd Reprint December 2009
The development of heat release rate (HRR) study as an aspect of fire protection engineering has been one of the salient triumphs of the profession after Parker and Huggett re-discovered the long-obscure principle of oxygen consumption. Efforts to measure and to use HRR were being carried out prior to that time, but without significant success or penetration into mainstream fire protection engineering. This re-discovery, and the detailed instructions published by Parker on how to carry out computation, changed the situation drastically. It was realized that such HRR measurements provide the very cornerstone of fire protection engineering by quantifying the answer to the question: How big is the fire?
Since then research has been done to encompass a large array of problems where focusing on HRR proved to be pivotal. Such knowledge is now becoming necessary for any fire protection engineer, for the building official, the product development chemist, and a host of other technical specialists. There has been significant development of fire modelling since a robust instrument for measuring flow rates of combustion products and practical techniques for measuring heat release rate were developed. In 1988-89 the services of some of the world's leading authorities on the subject helped in preparing this book.
The book is intended to be useful both to professional fire scientists and in university instruction, either in an advanced course in a Fire Protection Engineering curriculum, or else on a first-year graduate study basis. It brings knowledge on the fundamental theory of heat release rate measurement and of the instruments used to make the measurement. Engineering applications for such data then follow suit.
In Part 1 the foundations of heat release are dealt with. First the history and theory and then topics of general import, such as the effect of environmental variables on heat release rate and related quantities; the relationship between heat release rate and heat of combustion and potential heat; ignitability; generation of smoke, soot and gas species: flame spread and “non combustibility” In Part II applications of Heat Release Rate measurement for a series of materials sand finished products are discussed.
Publication Date: December 2009