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The course provides an introduction to advanced fire behavior and combustion concepts. Assignments and discussions will focus on real world applications and principles of fire dynamics and chemistry. (This course replaces FSC 3430: Principles of Fire Behavior.)

(The FESHE Course Code Equivalent for this course is C257)

FESHE outcomes: 1. Define and discuss the elements of effective departmental organization. 2. Classify what training and skills are needed to establish departmental organization. 3. Analyze the value of a community-related approach to risk reduction. 4. Outline the priorities of a budget planning document while anticipating the diverse needs of a community. 5. Assess the importance of positively influencing community leaders by demonstrating effective leadership. 6. Analyze the concept of change and the need to be aware of future trends in fire management. 7. Report on the importance of communications technology, fire service networks, and the Internet, when conducting problem-solving analysis and managing trends. 8. Develop a clear understanding of the national assessment models and their respective approaches to certification.


  1. Explain the impact of walls and corners on flames and plumes, and the structure of buoyant plumes and ceiling jets.
  2. Calculate the temperature, velocity, and mass flow rate of a fire plume.
  3. Analyze building structural components for fire endurance and fire resistance.
  4. Describe the effects of visibility in smoke, the toxicity of smoke, and the amount of smoke produced by a fire.
  5. Explain the flame spread and smoke production properties of building furnishings and materials.
  6. Estimate a fire’s heat release rate using the time squared method and the heat release rate needed for flashover.
  7. Describe the ignition and fire growth process given a specific fuel type and form.
  8. Calculate flame height, thermal radiation from a flame, viewing distance in smoke, and the filling rate of smoke in a space.
  9. Explain the process of flame spread over solid and liquid fuels including variables that affect flame spread rate.
  10. Demonstrate the importance and be able to calculate heat release rate for combustibles.
  11. Explain what smoke is and the dangers of smoke.
  12. Differentiate the difference between diffusion flames and premixed flames.




Fire dynamics

Publisher: Prentice Hall (01/21/2011)
Author: Gorbett, G. E., & Pharr, J. L.
ISBN: 978-0-13-507588-3
Price: $83.10

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