Helium-based simulation of smoke spread due to fire in enclosed spaces

M. R. Phipps, Y. Jaluria, T. Eklund

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The possibility of simulating thermally buoyant gases from a fire with a helium and air mixture was investigated using an experimental flow consisting of a ceiling jet with a corner flow. Parameters such as the volume flow rate of the air and helium and the initial helium concentration were varied over wide ranges. Comparison of the helium concentration and velocity profiles to results from a previous experiment on thermally buoyant flow which employed the same set-up suggested yielded a quantitative description of the buoyant characteristics of the helium and air mixture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)157-168
Number of pages12
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Heat Transfer Division, (Publication) HTD
StatePublished - 1995
EventProceedings of the 1995 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition - San Francisco, CA, USA
Duration: Nov 12 1995Nov 17 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes


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