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Thermal radiation in unwanted fires

DOI: 10.1615/thermopedia.000194


THERMAL RADIATION IN UNWANTED FIRES

R. Viskanta

Following from: Radiative transfer in combustion systems; Combustion phenomena affected by radiation; Radiative transfer in laminar flames; Radiative transfer in turbulent flames; Radiative transfer in combustion chambers; Radiative transfer in two-phase combustion

Unwanted pool, building, urban, wildland, and other large-scale fires present a potential danger to human safety and property loss. Such fires and their mitigation and control have been of concern to mankind since recorded history (Cox, 1995). The phenomenological issues related to different types of unwanted fires and their initiation, spread, and control are very broad topics indeed, and it is beyond the scope of this limited account to discuss the many fundamental and practical concerns related to understanding, modeling, and extinguishing fires. Only a few selected topics with emphasis on radiative transfer are considered and discussed.

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