Investigation of Fire Propagation using Discrete Tree Simulations

April 7, 2021   /  

Student Name: Handeul Son
Major: Physics
Minor: Mathematics
Advisor: Niklas Manz & Cody Leary

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17 thoughts on “Investigation of Fire Propagation using Discrete Tree Simulations”

  1. Nice work Handeul! If you added a non-symmetric parabola to model the effects of wind, would the shape of this come from a modeling equation, or could you choose the share from known experimental data?

    1. Thank you for your comment, Dr. Leary. I haven’t think about how to simulate the wind in detail, but I thought perhaps it could be possible to simulate wind effect if I plug a variable in a code. But there are lots of possibilities to simulate that, and it depends on how the future student simulate it. I just wanted to mention that the wind effect is prominent in nature and it is valuable to be simulated.

  2. Congratulations Handeul, and we wish you the best in your plans beyond Wooster!

  3. Congratulations Handeul! You did great.

    Is there a slope that maximizes the speed at which the fire propagates? I was thinking that if the trees were all parallel to the ground, the fire would spread more quickly.

    1. Thank you for your comment, Carlos. Basically, the speed increases as slope increases. In my simulation, the speed is maximized when slope = +45 degree. It is confusing at first why the speed increases as slope increases at first, because it seems like it would take some energy if fire climbs up. But it is concerned with the buoyancy effect on fire and the fire propagation speed is affected by the geometry of the heat parabola in my thesis. Other researches based on the experiment also show that the fire speed increases as the slope increases, so I think it is widely accepted!

    1. Hello Mae,

      Long time no see! Thank you for your comment and hope for best wishes to you!

  4. Congratulations, Handeul! This seems like very valuable research, and I like your comment about considering palm trees at the end. Best of luck after graduation!!

    1. Hi Hitomi,

      Long time no see! Thank you for your congrats. I also wish you for completing the final year in Wooster successfully!

  5. Congratulations, Handeul. It’s really interesting work.

    I would love to see what happens with more trees included in the simulation, to be sure that we see the difference between the transient and the steady state.

    1. Hello Dr. Lehman,

      Thank you for your comment! I tried to include your comment on future work part so that next student could continue on that part!

  6. Congratulations on your IS – it looks great! Have fun at graduation and good luck!

    1. Long time no see, Stacey! Thank you for your blessing words and good luck on your life after graduation!

  7. Handeul, congratulations on the completion of your IS project, and thank you for sharing your work with us here!

    Wishing you the best in your future endeavors!

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