When a liquid phase fuel is released from a storage tank, it forms a pool on the ground.  In the presence of an ignition source, this pool ignites and forms a pool fire.  Heat is released from pool fires due to fuel combustion.  A number of heat transfer processes are kicked off including heat transfer from ground to the liquid in the pool and radiation heat transfer from the fire to the pool.  These processes are accounted in our PoolFire model. 

PoolFire Model Inputs

  • release parameters such as the type of release (continuous or instantaneous), amount/rate of fuel released and duration of release;
  • properties of fuel such as molecular weight, density, boiling point, latent heat of vaporization, heat of combustion, heat capacity and burning rate (if available);
  • properties of substrate on which the fuel is released such as surface roughness
  • ambient conditions such as temperature, wind speed, atmospheric transmittivity
  • dimensions, orientation and location of receptors with respect to the source for radiation heat transfer

PoolFire Outputs

  • PoolFire dimensions as functions of time
  • Various modes of heat transfer to receptors


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