Learning Exercise

Compartment Fires

Assignments based from Principles of Fire Behavior by James G. Quintiere - Chapter 9
Course: Principles of Combustion

This course explores the theories and fundamentals of how and why fires start, spread, and how they are controlled. see more


1. List and explain each stage of fire development for compartment fires. Explain what ventilation-limited fire means for compartment fires. 2. Explain the processes involved in the development of a fire in a compartment. 3. Explain each of the following in terms of a compartment fire: fire-induced flows, neutral plane, and ventilation factor. 4. Compute the compartment smoke temperature change for a room 4m x 4m x 3m high with a vent 1m x 2m high, constructed of very thick gypsum plaster. The fire constant is at 500 kW. What is the temperature rise of the smoke at 100s?


College algebra Chemistry Physics


Compartment fires Flashover Backdraft Fully developed fire Fire-induced flows Neutral Plane Ventilation factor Vent flow rates

Type of Task

Learning Objectives

Explain the processes in the development of fire in a compartment. Explain flashover, fully developed, and ventilation factor. Explain fire-induced flows, neutral plane, and ventilation factor. Compute vent flow rates and compartment smoke temperatures.