This unit of study provides students with basic information on scientific principles for fire professionals such as combustion, products of combustion (heat and smoke), heat and mass transfer, response of structural elements to heat, visibility through smoke and smoke toxicity.
The unit will cover basic chemical reactions and the fire triangle, ignition of solid and liquid fuels, combustion, fire plumes and fire behaviour of building contents and lining materials. The unit will also provide an introduction to pre and post flashover enclosure fires and mathematical modelling of enclosure fires (zone and field models).
On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
Recommended texts and other reading and course materials will be listed in VU Collaborate.
This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):