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Studiehåndbokas emner for 2016/2017:

(English)Advanced Fire Dynamics

Brief Facts:

Subject Code: ING4004
Department: Faculty of Technology/Business/Maritime Education
Grading Scale: A - F
Number of Credits: 10
Taught During: Autumn
Semester of Assessment: Autumn
Program Sequence: 4th year (after 3rd year bachelor)
Language of Instruction: English
Campus: Haugesund
Contact(s): Per Fredrik Lennart Hemmingsson (person with course responsibility), Bjarne Christian Hagen (person with course responsibility), Øyvind Økland (lecturer), Vidar Frette (lecturer), Gisle Kleppe (lecturer)
Required Reading (Syllabus): Go to the library's syllabus web pages

Course Contents:

To give students a thorough understanding of fire dynamics and interactions with communities of fire. The course includes in-depth understanding of flame structure, heat, burn rate, diffusion and turbulence. Further focus on understanding different ignition mechanisms including transient scenarios. Fire related issues within buildings and industry (fire in wood, building materials, liquid fire, jet and gas fires) are central topics. Furthermore, the course focus on harmful effects of fires on both people and structures.

Learning Outcome:


The candidate:

  • describe and analyze ignition of gas, liquid fires and fires in solids, including with and without pilot flame and Minimum Ignition Energy (MIG)
  • can discuss and evaluate different ignition mechanisms including transient scenarios
  • can discuss and assess premixed flames and diffusion with respect to structure, heat, burning rate, diffusion and turbulence
  • can discuss and calculate plume theories, and the effect of setting such. ceilings, walls, air supply and wind
  • can apply relevant solutions of 2nd order partial differential equations for heat transfer and diffusion in solid materials
  • describe and analyze spontaneous ignition in solids including smoldering fire
  • can set up conservation equations for energy and mass with analytical and iterative methods for calculating the smoke filling and toxicity of smoke
  • can discuss and evaluate mechanisms and risk of fire spreading in discontinuous fuels (wooden environments, forest fires)
  • can discuss and assess toxicological effect of various fire scenarios¿ have a thorough knowledge of research and development in the field, here during important journals and conferences
  • can discuss and explain national and international testing standards for materials in buildings and industry
  • can apply and update their knowledge in the field through changes-


The candidate:

  • calculate explosive limits at different temperature, pressure and composition
  • calculate and analyze the combustion velocity at different temperatures
  • calculate smoke output and efficacy of environments such as. ceilings, walls, air supply and wind
  • calculate and analyze mass loss rate of gas, liquid fires and fires in solids from conservation equations¿ calculate and analyze energy production on the basis of the fuel, including design fires
  • assess the risk of fire spreading in dense timber environment, forests and thickets
  • calculate and analyze the production of smoke, including composition, quantity and concentration
  • express mathematical parallels between diffusion temperature and diffusion of mass (thermal diffusivity and diffusion coefficient) and use this for solutions of current problems in special fire scenarios
  • to set up and solve relevant conservation equations for current fire scenarios in relevant computer programs (eg Matlab)
  • Plan, execute, analyze and discuss experiments, numerical or experimentally, using theoretical models

General competence

The candidate:

  • analyze relevant fire safety and research issues
  • can apply fire safety knowledge and skills in new areas and in advanced project
  • can communicate their results and master relevant terminology
  • can identify situations that provide very high fire risk and suggest relevant cost-effective risk mitigation
  • can identify measures to reduce the probability of escalation
  • can communicate about fire safety issues and fire risk to users, owners, relevant authorities, specialists in the field and the general public

Teaching Methods:

The course will be based on collections of lectures, exercises, problem-based learning and laboratory exercises and demonstrations. Group Works, self guidance is also used.

Practical information about the course:

Tuition is based on intensive teaching weeks



Recommended Previous Knowledge:


Compulsory assignments:


Course Examination Description:

Both parts must be passed.

Grade:  A - E / passed;  F / failed.

Component NameDurationWeightSupporting Materials
Written Exam4 hours60/100Approved Tables.
Bilingual Dictionary (English-Other/Other-English)
The University College`s calculator (Casio fx-82Es) will be handed out

Subject's last update: 02/15/2017 09:42

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