FSC 3210: Fire Dynamics


Examines the underlying principles involved in structural fire protection systems, building furnishings, and fire protection systems, including water-based fire suppression systems, fire alarm and detection systems, special hazard suppression systems, and smoke management systems.


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


  1. FSC 2010


Fire dynamics

Publisher: Prentice Hall (2011)
Author: Gorbett, G. E., & Pharr, J. L.
ISBN: 978-0-13-507588-3
Price: $67.47

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