Computational Fire Dynamics Laboratory

The Computational Fire Dynamics Lab at Case Western Reserve University, is led by Dr. Ya-Ting Tseng Liao. The lab mission is threefold:

  • To continue to improve the accuracy and realism of the chemistry and physics underlying computational models of combustion, fire, and fire behavior.
  • To design experiments that provide data that can help clarify, prove, or suggest model parameters. Working closely with our collaborators, as a team we can perform these experiments and further refine our models.
  • To use computational models of fire to predict fire behavior, to characterize safety risks in specific situations (fuel arrangements, fuel types, geometries, gravity levels, etc.), and to develop safer structures that reduce the chance that fires will start, or, that limit the damage that a fire would cause.

Our interest is in basic fire science, but also in better understanding fire behavior in specific situations such as in aircraft or spacecraft, in discrete fuels, or in situations with unique chemistry, physics, or geometrical considerations, such as solar panel fires or lithium-ion battery fires.

Course Offered in Fall 2016: EMAE/EMAC 463 Fire Dynamics

Class Time & Location: TuTh 12:45PM – 2:00PM, Glennan 400

Instructor: Professor Ya-Ting Liao; yating.liao@case.edu; (216) 368-0048

Office Hours: TBD

Course Description: This course introduces the burning behavior of materials and the underlying thermo-fluid dynamics. Topics include: pre-mixed flames, diffusion flames, steady burning of condensed fuels, ignition, extinction, flame spread over surfaces, fire plume, compartment fire, flashover, and smoke movement. A Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulation code, Fire Dynamic Simulator (FDS) will also be introduced in the class.

Textbooks: Required: J. G. Quintiere: Fundamentals of fire phenomena, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2006. Recommended: D. Drysdale: An introduction to fire dynamics, 3rd Ed., John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, 2011.

Prerequisite: Fundamentals of Thermal Fluids (e.g. EMAE325).

Course Schedule:
Course Overview (0.5 week)
Thermochemistry (2 weeks)
Premixed Flame (2.5 weeks)
Ignition of Liquids and Solids (2.5 weeks)
Flame Spread on Surfaces (1.5 weeks)
Introduction of FDS (1 week)
Burning Rate (2 weeks)
Fire Plume (1 week)
Compartment Fire (1 week)


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Posted on July 25th, 2016
Updated on August 30th, 2016