Tutorials

Updated FDS Combustion and Fuel Composition Calculators

September 2, 2015
This post describes updated combustion product and fuel composition spreadsheet calculators for use with FDS (the Fire Dynamics Simulator from NIST). Read More...

Heat Release Rates of Burning Items in Fires

August 19, 2015
A paper by Hyeong-Jin Kim and David Lilley (Heat Release Rates of Burning Items in Fires, AIAA 2000-0722, January 2000) summarizes experimentally measured heat release rates for more than 60 different items that could be involved in fires. The data sets used by Kim and Lilley include FASTLite, HAZARD, and the Building and Fire Research Laboratory data sets. As part of preparing PyroSim examples, we developed a spreadsheet that calculates the heat release rates using the data and method described in the paper.  Read More...

PyroSim Mesh Tools

April 17, 2015
This quick tip goes over a few of the available features in PyroSim for Meshes. Read More...

Radiative Fraction and Q_RADI Output

February 26, 2015
The heat released as a fire burns is distributed to the environment primarily through convection and radiation. But, when you check the FDS output files you may see a different fractional amount of radiation in the Q_RADI column. Read More...

Modeling Jet Fans, Part 1: Background and Convergence Study

February 17, 2015
This post discusses modeling jet fans using FDS/PyroSim, with the eventual goal of modeling parking garages. It starts with some background information that was useful to me in helping me understand the problem. Read More...

Create a t-squared Fire

January 7, 2015
In PyroSim, there is not a direct way to enter the alpha value for a t-squared fire. This short video will show you how you can determine the time to peak HRRPUA. Read More...

Add Slice Output

December 19, 2014
Adding Slice output to a model is quick and easy with the Slice Tool. This video demonstrates how to add a slice and to change the slice output options with the Slice tool properties dialog. Read More...

Modeling a Pressure Relief Vent

November 18, 2014
This post analyzes a pressure relief vent, where air is injected into a room, the pressure in the room is monitored, and a vent is opened when a set pressure is reached. The key is to include at least two pressure zones in your model. Read More...

OpenMP Benchmarks

August 18, 2014
FDS now uses OpenMP to run faster on PCs that have multiple cores. This post presents two benchmark simulations that show how much improvement you can expect and how to configure simulations to use OpenMP effectively. Read More...

Radiation and Convection on Surfaces

April 25, 2014
Every solid surface in an FDS model defines convective and radiative flux thermal boundary conditions. Each of the terms are always being calculated, sometimes using default parameters that may not have been explicitly set. Read More...