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Coupling PyroSim Fire Results with Pathfinder Movement

February 14, 2018
We have begun coupling PyroSim fire results with Pathfinder movement. The first major task was to create a Results Viewer that could merge and display PyroSim and Pathfinder results simultaneously. That has largely been completed. We have also completed limited capability to calculate the Fractional Effective Dose (FED) as occupants move through changing CO, CO2, and O2 concentrations. Future development will use PyroSim results to alter occupant movement and decision making within the Pathfinder simulation. In this post, we demonstrate the capability currently available in Pathfinder 2018.1 and PyroSim 2017.2. See the post Manually Coupling FDS and Pathfinder to Respond to Smoke for instructions on how to link fire simulation output with evacuation simulation movement  Read More...

WIND in PyroSim

February 6, 2018
FDS version 6.6.0 added a new WIND namelist to describe wind and atmospheric conditions. Support for WIND was included in PyroSim 2018.1. This post demonstrates this feature.  Read More...

Results Viewer Released in PyroSim 2017.2

November 15, 2017
PyroSim now installs a new results viewer to further integrate Pathfinder evacuation simulations, CAD model textures, and camera tours designed in PyroSim. Read More...

PyroSim 2017.2.1115

November 15, 2017
This update includes additional support for FDS features including leakage, linear device arrays, and advanced HVAC records; reliability improvements for local parallel FDS simulations; and a new default results viewer. Read More...

Importing FDS Validation Examples into PyroSim

October 23, 2017
The FDS validation suite compares FDS (Fire Dynamic Simulator) results with experimental data. These examples cover most of the features of available in FDS. When you want to use a new feature in FDS, you can speed your learning by reviewing how the feature was used in a validation example. This post shows how you can quickly import the FDS model into PyroSim.  Read More...

Smoke Visibility and Obscuration in PyroSim

June 19, 2017
Smoke visibility and obscuration are critical outputs of a fire simulation. This post reviews how visibility is calculated in FDS, compares the calculation to experimental data, and discusses how smoke is visualized in the new PyroSim Results Viewer and in Smokeview. The comparison of VTT experimental images with predicted smoke visualization using PyroSim/FDS shows remarkably good correlation.   Read More...

PyroSim Geometry from SketchUp

May 16, 2017
This screen cast covers a method that can be used to build a 3D model in SketchUp Make, and then export the geometry for use in PyroSim. Read More...

Ramps in PyroSim/FDS

May 16, 2017
This post shows how to draw a ramp in PyroSim, using triangular slabs to approximate the geometry. Ramps are useful when modeling parking garages or pedestrian walkways. Read More...

Heat Conduction in PyroSim/FDS

May 10, 2017
FDS assumes one-dimensional heat conduction into the surfaces of solid obstructions. With proper modeling, you can couple the front and back face temperatures of an obstruction so that heat flows through the obstruction. This post demonstrates heat transfer through obstructions, including radiative and convective fluxes on the surface.  Read More...

Using PyroSim/FDS to Maximize Solar Panel Convective Cooling

April 18, 2017
Solar panels are most efficient if they operate at lower temperatures. We are installing solar panels on a workshop roof and the question arose, "What is the best solar panel spacing to maximize solar panel convective cooling?" This post uses PyroSim and FDS to evaluate some different solar panel mounting options to maximize solar panel convective cooling.  Read More...