1. Introduction

The 7th FM Global Open Source CFD Fire Modeling Workshop will be held in Norwood MA on May 6-7, 2015.


It is widely recognized in the fire research community that there is a need to continue developing the capability of predicting fire growth behavior and fire suppression phenomena within the framework of physics-based models. Such modeling capability—in the form of CFD tools that allow for the full simulation of relevant physics including fluid mechanics, combustion, heat transfer, and multiphase flow—will greatly enhance the ability to provide insight and guidance for fire protection requirements.

With the goal of developing advanced CFD fire modeling capabilities for large-scale industrial fires, FM Global has established an extensive research program, combining experimental and numerical efforts, in the areas of fire growth, material flammability, and fire suppression. As a part of these efforts, FM Global has developed and integrated a number of key physical models relating to fluid mechanics, heat transfer, combustion, and multiphase flows into an open source software package, FireFOAM (http://firefoam-dev.googlecode.com), which provides the advantages of a modern object-oriented code structure, multi-physics modeling, unstructured meshing, and parallel computing. The FireFOAM solver is based on the OpenFOAM® platform, an Open Source CFD Toolbox (http://www.opencfd.co.uk/openfoam/index.html#openfoam).  

FM Global’s aim is to promote extensive cooperation in continuing CFD fire model development, and ensure that the developed models are widely available to the entire fire research community.

 

FM Global Open Source CFD Fire Modeling Workshop

FM Global collaborates with academia and industry on the development of advanced CFD fire models in FireFOAM. At the same time, there are also several other promising open source codes available in the fire research community. While these CFD fire models are based on a wide variety of modern modeling approaches, extensive cooperation between research groups in industry and academia for model development and validation is mutually beneficial.

FM Global has organized the Open Source CFD Fire Modeling Workshop with the intent to initiate and enhance cooperation of CFD fire modeling efforts based on modern, open-source CFD approaches.


Past Workshops

1st Open Source CFD Fire Modeling Workshop, Norwood MA, USA, April 16-17, 2009.

2nd Open Source CFD Fire Modeling Workshop, Norwood MA, USA, April 29-30, 2010.

3rd Open Source CFD Fire Modeling Workshop, Norwood MA, USA, May 9-10, 2011.

4th Open Source CFD Fire Modeling Workshop, Norwood MA, USA, May 17-18, 2012.

5th Open Source CFD Fire Modeling Workshop, Norwood MA, USA, May 2-3, 2013.

6th Open Source CFD Fire Modeling Workshop, Norwood MA, USA, May 15-16, 2014. 

 

The 7th FM Global Open Source CFD Fire Modeling Workshop will be held at the Four Points Hotel and Conference Center by Sheraton, in Norwood MA on May 6-7, 2015.

 

Prospective participants of the workshop are invited to register and submit 1/2 page abstract of their proposed presentation by March 15, 2015 (submit here). The abstracts will be evaluated based on their quality and suitability for the objectives of the workshop. The authors will be notified of the acceptance of the presentation by March 22, 2015.


Invitations to attend the workshop without presentation will be extended on the basis of available space. There is no registration fee for the workshop. Invited participants are responsible for their own travel and accommodations. A block of rooms will be reserved at discount rates at the Four Points Hotel and Conference Center by Sheraton, in Norwood MA, USA, and the participants will be informed on the details of reservations by March 22, 2015.