Fire Protection

Master of Engineering Courses

Students taking courses on campus for the Master of Engineering Degree work with an advisor to identify a course of study based on the student’s professional interests.  Fire protection engineering courses are available to explore basic processes of fire behavior, prediction of fire development, the combustion of materials and furnishings, the effects of fire on structures and the environment, smoke management, evacuation and tenability analyses and the law.  Courses may also be approved from other engineering departments or technical areas, e.g. mathematics.

In addition to the general rules of the Graduate School, certain special degree requirements are set out in departmental requirements.  The degree requirement is to complete ten approved courses, including a minimum of six fire protection engineering courses.  A thesis is not associated with this degree program, though students may pursue research via independent study on a topic approved by an advisor.

Core

Fire Protection Engineering

ENFP415 Fire Dynamics (3)
Prerequisite: ENFP312. Restriction: Permission of ENGR-Fire Protection Engineering department.
Introduction to premixed and diffusion flames; ignition, flame spread and rate of burning; fire plumes; flame radiation.
ENFP425 Enclosure Fire Modeling (3)
Prerequisite: ENES232 and ENFP300. Restriction: Must be in Engineering: Fire Protection program; and Senior standing; and permission of ENGR-Fire Protection Engineering department.
An introduction to the elements of enclosure fires through the development of fire modeling algorithms and the application of computer-based fire modeling techniques. Numerical techniques, including curve-fitting, root-finding, integration and the solution of ordinary differential equations, are developed in the context of enclosure fire modeling applications. Math software packages, including primarily spreadsheet programs, are used to address and solve a variety of enclosure fire problems.
ENFP611 Fire Induced Flows (3)
Prerequisite: ENFP415.
Theoretical basis is presented for fire induced bouyancy driven flows. Plumes, ceiling jets, vent flows, compartment flows. Dimensional analysis for correlations and scale model applications. Smoke movement and combustion products.
ENFP613 Human Response to Fire (3)
Prerequisite: Permission of ENGR-Fire Protection Engineering department.
Fractional effective dose (FED) methods for predicting time to incapacitation and death of fires for use in fire safety engineering calculations. Physiology and toxicology of fire effluent components, decomposition chemistry of common materials, standard experimental approaches. Predictive models of material production rates. People movement characteristics related to building evacuation. Formulation and application of evacuation models. Human behavior factors affecting response of people to fire situations.
ENFP620 Fire Dynamics Laboratory (3)
One hour of lecture and two hours of laboratory per week. Recommended: ENFP415.
Laboratory experiments are designed to illustrate fire phenomena and test theoretical models. Diffusion flames, ignition and flame spread on solids, liquid pool fires, wood crib fires, fire plumes, compartment fires.
ENFP621 Analytical Procedures of Structural Fire Protection (3)
Prerequisite: ENFP405 and ENFP312.
Analysis procedures for structural components of wood, steel, concrete, composites. Structural capabilities, modifications under fire induced exposures. Calculations, computer models for predicting fire resistance ratings of structural components.
ENFP622 Advanced Fire Protection Risk Assessment (3)
Prerequisite: Permission of ENGR-Fire Protection Engineering department.
Definition, evaluation of the fire risk to a process, facility or area. Prevention, intervention, control, suppression strategies. Resource allocation, queing theory, decision priority, cost analysis.
ENFP625 Advanced Fire Modeling (3)
Prerequisite: Permission of ENGR-Fire Protection Engineering department.
Validity, utility, reliability of current computer models. Applications of models in risk assessment, underwriting, loss prediction, hazard analysis. Development and validation of specific application models.
ENFP627 Smoke Detection and Management (3)
Prerequisite: ENFP300.
Analysis of hazard smoke. Response analysis of smoke detectors based on characteristics of detectors and properties of smoke. Performance characteristics and limitations of smoke management systems. Capabilities and limitations of analytical design aids.
Elective

Fire Protection Engineering

ENFP610 Reliability and Risk Analysis in Fire Protection Engineering (3)
Prerequisite: ENFP411.
Reliability engineering analysis techniques in fire protection engineering problems. Computer models, probability distribution theory and Monte Carlo methods.
ENFP612 Toxicity Evaluation and Analysis (3)
Physical, analytical procedures for the measurement of the toxic components in thermally produced smoke and gases. Human tenability characteristics, physiological effects of exposure components, dosages. Predictive models of material production rates, degradation variables. Effects of the different measuring instrument variables. Combustion gas analysis techniques.
ENFP630 Diffusion Flames and Burning Rate Theory (3)
Basic principles of diffusion flames for gaseous, liquid, and solid fuels. Droplet burning, B number, jet combustion, boundary layer combustion, generalized methods.

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