Wildland Fire Behavior

  • May 02, 2016
  • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Four Points by Sheraton; 1125 Boston-Providence Turnpike; Norwood, MA

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Join us on May 2nd for the SFPE-NEC's final chapter meeting of the 2015-2016 year.  Dr. Albert Simeoni will join us to discuss wildland fires, a growing problem that is not going away anytime soon.  The threat is even spreading and reaching regions that were previously scarcely impacted. One of the main issues in wildfires is their impact at the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI). When fire protection engineers have to deal with this issue, they find that that the tools they can use are either obsolete or not yet validated. This is true for empirical models and relationships that we can use at the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) and it is also true for CFD models.

Dr. Simeoni will present an integrated approach aimed at contributing to the development of a better understanding of wildland fire spread, of what their impact is at the WUI, and how we can develop or validate tools useful to deal with them. Dr. Simeoni presented to our chapter over five years ago, and this presentation will cover recent developments relative to experimental research programs and modeling activities.

Dr. Simeoni is an internationally recognized leader in fire science, from building fire protection to wildland fires. He has more than 15 years of experience developing experimental, analytical, and numerical techniques to better understand fire dynamics and to predict fire behavior. He has also spent almost 10 years volunteering and working for the Fire Department of North Corsica, France. Starting as a volunteer firefighter, Dr. Simeoni ultimately managed and led all aspects of fire, wildland fire, and rescue operations, in the capacity of Chief of Fire Station. He has particular expertise in wildland fires, specifically studying the fundamental thermal transfer, fluid mechanics, and combustion aspects of the problem for fire spread and people and structure exposure to fire.

4:00-5:30PM - Board of Directors Meeting (Members Welcome)
5:30-6:30PM - Registration & Cocktails (Attitude Adjustment)
6:30-8:30PM - Dinner & Program
  
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