Attached are my PDF slides on the topic of “Inverse fire modeling for heat release rate characterization“, which was presented at the 7th US National Combustion Meeting in Atlanta, GA on March 21, 2011.

The abstract is as follows:

A ubiquitous source of uncertainty in fire modeling is the proper heat release rate for the fuel packages of interest. An inverse heat release rate (HRR) calculation method is presented to determine a HRR that satisfies measured temperature data. The methodology is developed by using synthetic temperature data using the Consolidated Model of Fire and Smoke Transport (CFAST) zone model to produce hot gas layer temperatures in a single compartment. The inverse HRR method runs at super-real-time speeds while calculating an inverse HRR solution that can reasonably well match the original HRR curve. Examples of the inverse HRR method are demonstrated by using a multiple step HRR case, experimental data with a constant HRR, and complex HRR curves. In principle, the methodology can be applied using any reasonably accurate fire model to invert for the HRR.

The slides can be downloaded here: Overholt_Combustion_2011