Document Type thesis Author Name Gosselin, Steven Daniel URN etd-11184-155059 Title The Application of Fire Dynamics to Fire Forensics Degree MS Department Fire Protection Engineering Advisors Nicholas A. Dembsey, Advisor David Lucht, Department Head Jonathan Barnett, Co-Advisor Keywords fire fire dynamics fire investigation forensics Date of Presentation/Defense 2004-11-19 Availability unrestricted
Fire investigative methodologies were researched and analyzed resulting in the development of an organizational tool to be used for conducting fire investigations. The tool, or field-guide, was designed to aid the investigator in processing structural fire scenes. The tool accomplishes this by providing, 1) thirteen forms for properly documenting the scene, 2) flowcharts which can enhance the investigators intuition for the fire’s growth rate and spread, and 3) basic engineering correlations which can be used to help validate hypotheses the investigator may develop. By employing these methods, the field-guide can be effectively used to lead an investigator through the entire investigation process – from data collection, to the formulation of hypotheses, and ultimately, to quantitative validation.
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