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FUEL MAPPING AND FIRE PHYSICS

Available: July 2021

Small Burn

Pyregence is conducting experiments in small-scale burn chambers using standardized stacks of poplar dowels (roughly 6–12 mm thick). These tests are helping to determine what speed of wind is necessary to allow transition from smoldering to flaming combustion, while measuring heat release rate and CO and CO2 emissions.

This page will feature results from the research, as well as video of selected small-scale burn chamber experiments.

FIRE SCIENCE TEAM
Burn Chamber Experiments

Pyregence is advancing the science of solid-fuel combustion. The large- and small-scale burn chamber experiments will improve our understanding of the basic science of how fuels burn, including the transition from smoldering to flaming combustion, heat release rates, burn rates, and gas emissions.

A better understanding of burn physics will lead to improved wildfire forecasts, which will help researchers, electric utility companies, and fire management agencies improve their decision-making and reduce risk to communities and utility infrastructure.