MS5 ~ Sunday, May 21, 1995 ~ 10:00 AM

Nonlinear Dynamics of Fires and Burning Processes

The fundamental processes of ignition and combustion, highly nonlinear through both the reaction chemistry and the advection/diffusion dynamics, continue to receive much research attention. The broader field of burning and fire dynamics has received less attention despite its obvious practical importance. Typical problems are characterized by strong feedback processes, which are amenable to a dynamical system approach in, support of, and complementary to direct numerical simulation. The minisymposium will report research on several such problems, all motivated (and partly funded) by industry or fire research establishments, including spontaneous ignition of combustible liquids, burning of polymers and its inhibition, and fire "flashover".

Organizer: John Brindley, University of Leeds, United Kingdom

Some Problems of Porous Medium Combustion
A.P. Aldushin, G.V. Shkadinskaya, and K.G. Shkadinsky, Institute of Structural Macrokinetics, Russia; B.J. Matkowsky, D.A. Schult, and V.A. Volpert, Northwestern University
The Effect of Oxygen Depletion on the Thermal Runaway of Combustible Fluids in Porous Insulation Materials
J.E. Truscott, Andrew C. McIntosh, and J.F. Griffiths, University of Leeds, United Kingdom; and John Brindley, Organizer
Flashover in Building Fires: A Nonlinear Phenomenon
P.G. Holborn and Steven R, Bishop, University College London, United Kingdom
A Mathematical Model of Ignition in the Cone Calorimeter
Mark I. Nelson, John Brindley and Andrew C. McIntosh, University of Leeds, United Kingdom