Fire Simulation for Engineers

Welcome to the Fire Simulation for Engineers manual at Wikibooks, a basic guide to fire simulation for engineering applications using free and open source tools.

Simple example of fire simulation with FDS



This manual was born as as a standalone tutorial for students of fire safety engineering courses, then it grew to the current state. The original text "An introduction to fire simulation" was donated by its main author Emanuele Gissi and is currently being rebuilt as a Wikibook to facilitate contributions and maintenance.

The main goal of this manual is to introduce the engineer to the complex world of fire simulation, and complements the official documentation of the referred simulation tools. The official documentation for these tools remains an invaluable source of reference for advanced users.

In this manual, topics are organized in a strict logical order and the basics are thoroughly explained to improve the learning curve. Some advanced topics are completely omitted for the sake of simplicity. According to teaching experience, engineers understand the logic behind the fire simulation tools and become autonomous learners after 36 hours of course: they learn to work independently and are able to develop reasonable engineering level applications by themselves.

This manual is not intended to cover research applications of fire simulation.

Fire simulation for engineers


Authors and contributors


This Wikibook is currently being written by:

  • Emanuele Gissi, PhD, fire officer, Italian Fire and Rescue Service (Corpo nazionale dei Vigili del fuoco), Italy;
  • Benson Muite, Research Fellow of Distributed Systems, Institute of Computer Science - University of Tartu, Estonia;
  • Oriol Rios, PhD student, CERTEC - Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, Spain.
  • Wojciech Węgrzyński, researcher in Fire Research Department, Building Research Institute (ITB), Warsaw, Poland;

Please help us building this Wikibook, introduce yourself at Talk:Fire Simulation for Engineers. Contributions are very welcome!



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