Comparison of three methods to quantify the fire spread rate in laboratory experiments

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Gould, Jim; Sullivan, Andrew ORCID ID icon; Hurley, Richard; Koul, Vijay


2017-10-13


Journal Article


International Journal of Wildland Fire


26


10


877-883


Different methods can be used to measure the time and distance of travel of a fire and thus its speed. The selection of a particular method will vary depend on the experimental objectives, design, scale, location (in the laboratory or field), required accuracy and resources available. In this study, measurements from visual observation, RGB video imagery and thermocouple instrumentation were used to compare their performance in quantifying the time of arrival and rate of spread of a fire burning across a eucalypt forest litter fuel bed in a combustion wind tunnel. All methods gave similar results but there were some significant differences depending on the dryness of the fuel and wind speed.


CSIRO Publishing


visual observation, video imagery, thermocouples, eucalyptus fuel, combustion wind tunnel, rate of spread


Physical Sciences not elsewhere classified ; Forestry Fire Management


https://doi.org/10.1071/WF17038


Link to Publisher's Version


EP171318


Journal article - Refereed


English


Gould, Jim; Sullivan, Andrew; Hurley, Richard; Koul, Vijay. Comparison of three methods to quantify the fire spread rate in laboratory experiments. International Journal of Wildland Fire. 2017; 26(10):877-883. https://doi.org/10.1071/WF17038



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