2012-2013

WPI Wildland Fire Research Funded by DOI Grant

WPI Fire Protection Engineering Professor Albert Simeoni is a recipient of $263K in grants for his research on wildland fires.

WPI Fire Protection Engineering Professor Albert Simeoni is a recipient of $263K in grants for his research on wildland fires.  Support for Professor Simeoni’s research has been provided through the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Joint Fire Science Program, two Joint Venture Agreements with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), and FM Global Insurance.

The main objective of the DOI grant is to work with colleagues from the USFS and Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) to test the effectiveness of fuel treatment by prescribed burning in reducing wildfire intensity.  Large-Scale experimental burns will be conducted in the New Jersey Pine Barrens to measure fire-spread and environmental properties. Then, a fire spread model based on Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) – the Fire Dynamics Simulator from the National Institute of Standards and Technology and USFS – will be used at WPI to test its ability to represent fire-spread in pine stands that were submitted to different degrees of prescribed burning treatment.

The two Joint Venture Agreements with the Forest Service will support work about vegetation flammability as a function of its moisture content and the study of wind/tree interaction in a wind tunnel.  Prof. Simon Evans from the Aerospace Department at WPI is collaborating with Prof. Simeoni on this last topic.  Work with FM Global is to initiate a study on the fundamentals of porous fuel and flow interactions during combustion. 

December 5, 2012

 
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