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Nicholas A. Dembsey

In today’s cost-conscious world, ensuring greater life safety and property protection has never been more challenging. To this end, my research focuses on the building performance applications of fire dynamics, fire characteristics of materials, and fire models. I am working with students in the following areas: fire safety of green buildings; develop of new techniques and guidance documents for practicing engineers to measure fire properties of materials; and in the optimization of building assemblies for fire performance, ease of manufacturing and cost effectiveness. 


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Research Interests

  • Fire properties of materials via bench-top scale experimentation
  • Compartment fire dynamics via residential scale experimentation
  • Evaluation, development and validation of compartment fire models
  • Performance fire codes
  • Engineering design tools
  • Engineering forensic tools


  • BS, University of Michigan
  • MS, University of California at Berkeley
  • PhD, University of California at Berkeley

Featured Publications

  • You, Y.G., Park, H.J., Dembsey, N.A., Till Jr., W.B., Johnson, E.R., and Butler, J., "Characteristics of Nuclear Facility Waste Bag Fires", Fire Technology, (2013). [DOI: 10.1007/s10694-013-0368-z]  
  • Park, H.J., Meacham, B.J., Dembsey, N.A., and Goulthorpe, M., "Conceptual Model Development for Holistic Building Fire Safety Performance Analysis", Fire Technology, (2013). [DOI: 10.1007/s10694-013-0374-1]  
  • Alvarez, A., Meacham, B.J., Dembsey, N.A., and Thomas, J.R., "A Framework for Risk-informed Performance-based Fir Protection Design for the Built Environment", Fire Technology, (2013). [DOI: 10.1007/s10694-013-0366-1]  
  • Sipe, J.E., and Dembsey, N.A., "A Porous Media Model for Sprinkler Wetting: Ceramic Fiberboard Validation", Fire Safety Journal, 58 (2013) 213-220. [DOI: 10.1016/j.firesaf.2013.02.003]  
  • Wong, W.C.K., Dembsey, N.A., Alston, J., and Lautenberger, C., "A Multi-component Dataset Framework for Validation of CFD Flame Spread Models", Journal of Fire Protection Engineering, 23: 2 (2013) 85-134. [DOI: 10.1177/1042391512472087] SFPE’s 2014 Jack Bono Award. Best JFPE paper for 2013.
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