The unit provides students with a general understanding of fundamental and applied fluid dynamics, thermodynamics, combustion and mechanics of solids. Special emphasis is given to characterisation of fire dynamics and elucidation of structural behaviour (both elastic and inelastic) during a fire.

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VQB5612 - Scientific Principles for Fire Professionals

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Integrate a sound understanding of fluid mechanics, thermodynamics, combustion and solid mechanics theories;  
  2. Develop and construct mathematical, physical and conceptual models of situations, systems and devices;  
  3. Utilise the above models (learning outcome 2) for purposes of analysis and design and understand their applicability and shortcomings; and  
  4. Design experiments and identify appropriate measurements required.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Assignment Assignment 1 (1500 words) 25%
Assignment Assignment 2 (1500 words) 25%
Assignment Assignment 3 (3000 words) 50%

Required reading

An Introduction to Fire Dynamics 3rd ed.
Drysdale, D., (2010)
John Wiley and Sons, London.

Structural Analysis 8th ed.
Hibbler R.C., (2011)
Pearson International.

Fluid Mechanic 7th ed.
White, F. M., ( 2011)
McGraw-Hill Series in Mechanical Engineering, New Jersey.

Thermodynamics - An Engineering Approach 7th ed.
Cengel, Y. A. and Boles, M. A., (2011)
McGraw Hill, New York.

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