To register for this class, you must not be an Engineering major.

This is a hands-on course exploring the behavior of fire. We will achieve an understanding of this behavior from experimental observations and we will highlight some of the theory that assists the practitioners in analyzing and predicting fire behavior. Each week we will lay out the key ideas during the lecture and we will complement these concepts with experiments and observations in the second period. The course is set in three parts. First we will introduce few basic concepts about fire and heat. We will follow with the description of ignition, flame spread, and burning rate and fire and smoke plumes. We will conclude with a look at the implications for buildings and their occupants with some considerations to forensic investigation.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to

• Gain some understanding of the phenomena associated with fire

• Learn about ignition conditions, spread of flames and burning rate

• Examine the behavior of smoke and fire plumes

• Consider the effect of fire on people

• Look at key elements of fire forensic investigation

Assignments include:

• Each week, there will be a lecture and a hands-on experience. Small student groups (5 students each) will participate in lab experiments or other activities. Each group will then prepare a weekly report (3-5 pages each) and will discuss their findings at the beginning of each class.

• An individual term paper (5-10 pages) will be assigned to each student and it will provide an opportunity to investigate more in depth a specific topic cover during the course. This term paper will serve as the final examination for the class.

Readings include:

Principles of Fire Behavior, James G. Quintiere, Delmar Publishers, 1997

Additional readings will be assigned as needed.