Fire Failure Analysis


laptop fireFailure analysis is the application of laboratory testing, calculations, and computer modeling to determine how or why failure occurred. In forensic fire analysis, "failure" might mean ignition, explosion, loss of structural stability, or more conventional failures such as failure of occupant notification devices (smoke detectors, smoke alarms), fire suppression systems, or smoke management systems.

Of parituclar interest for fires may be whether a particular material or product (e.g., laptop computers, batteries, heaters, electronic devices, electrical wiring, etc.) could cause ignition under certain circumstances. Equally as important is whether the failure mode observed in the laboratory is consistent with forensic evidence. For instances where a known failure occurred, laboratory testing can be used to assess whether certain conditions could have led to this failure.

Electrical receptacle failure

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            Fire modeling
            Fire testing
            Computational fluid dynamics
            Heat transfer analysis
            Failure analysis
            Fire investigation
            Wildland fires
            Vehicle fires
            Residential fires
            Smoke detector failure
            Ignition by hot particles
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