The heat-release rate (HRR) of a burning item is key to understanding the thermal effects of a fire on its surroundings. It is, perhaps, the most important variable used to characterize a burning fuel packet and is defined as the rate of energy released by the fire. HRR is typically determined using a gas measurement calorimetry method. In this study, an inversion algorithm is presented for conducting calorimeter on fires with unknown HRRs located in a compartment. The algorithm compares predictions of a forward model with observed heat fluxes from synthetically generated data sets to determine the HRR that minimizes a cost function. The effects of tuning a weighting parameter in the cost function and the issues associated with two different forward models of a compartment fire are examined.
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Inversion for Fire Heat Release Rate Using Transient Heat Flux Data
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Kurzawski, A, & Ezekoye, OA. "Inversion for Fire Heat Release Rate Using Transient Heat Flux Data." Proceedings of the ASME 2017 Heat Transfer Summer Conference. Volume 1: Aerospace Heat Transfer; Computational Heat Transfer; Education; Environmental Heat Transfer; Fire and Combustion Systems; Gas Turbine Heat Transfer; Heat Transfer in Electronic Equipment; Heat Transfer in Energy Systems. Bellevue, Washington, USA. July 9–12, 2017. V001T05A003. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/HT2017-5107
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