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    Title:Developing an instrument to measure wildfire intensity
 
    Year:2011
 
    Status:Current
 
    Researcher(s):Ray Ault (Lead); Jim Thomasson
 
    Abstract:Collecting the data to calculate the variables in Byram's Fire Intensity Equation (1959) is time consuming and labour intensive. So in 2005 students in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Alberta developed an instrument called the thermal cube, which FPInnovations has been using to measure fire intensity on its research projects. This instrument measures fire intensity in kW/m2, but most operational wildland firefighting training resources refer to fire intensity in kW/m and there is no easy conversion between the two. This project will develop a robust, easily deployable sensor that will measure wildfire intensity in the field and will provide a measurement relevant to wildfire operations.
 
    Advisory Member(s):Alberta Agriculture and Forestry; Northwest Territories Environment and Natural Resources
 
    Other Collaborator(s):University of Alberta
 
    Tags:Equipment; see all tags...
 
  Related Documents
   
Info Note: Test of a new heat flux sensor in an experimental burnJuly 2017
Update: Design of a new thermal cubeDecember 2016
Thesis: Quantification of Performance of Wildfire Chemicals using Custom-Built Heat Flux SensorsJanuary 2016
“Thermal Cube” Custom-built Heat Flux Sensor Specifications and Construction - With StandMarch 2016
“Thermal Cube” Custom-built Heat Flux Sensor Specifications and Construction - No StandMarch 2016
Image: Deployable field stand of thermal cubeNovember 2015
Minutes: Thermal cube conference call May 21, 2015May 2015
Project Plan: Designing a field-ready package for Sullivan's wildfire energy transfer sensorFebruary 2015
Update: Project progress and next steps for the heat flux sensorFebruary 2015
Link: (International Journal of Wildland Fire) Mathematical model and sensor development for measuring energy transfer from wildland firesSeptember 2014
Poster: Error reduction in the heat flux sensor used in forest firesAugust 2014
Update: Error reduction in the heat flux sensor "Thermal Cube" used in forest firesAugust 2014
Update: Mathematical model development for energy interaction between wildland-urban interface fires and building structuresNovember 2012
Update: Energy interaction between wildland-urban interface fires and building structures August 2011
Project Plan: Developing an instrument to measure wildfire intensityMarch 2011
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