Upcoming Seminars
November 2017


Advanced Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) and Smokeview

Course Description: This this hands-on 4-day workshop is on advanced techniques in Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) modeling and Smokeview visualization. Each topic module includes a lecture and a workshop in which the student works example problems on their personal laptop computer. This course is a significant update of the previous course. It will include an introduction to PyroSim with the option to complete each module example using FDS or PyroSim.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion the participant should understand

  • Pyrolysis and combustion.
  • Boundary condition options, including: conduction, multiple layers, fixed temperature, extraction, supply, etc.
  • Radiation.
  • Smoke detectors and sprinklers.
  • Implementing pre and post flashover fires.
  • HVAC.
  • How to create complex geometry.
  • Advanced Smokeview techniques: custom iso-surfaces, texture mapping, render files, and cad view.
  • Using spreadsheets to develop FDS input files.
  • Using PyroSim to create and run FDS input files and view results.

Prerequisite: Each student should have an understanding of fire dynamics, heat transfer, and fluid dynamics theory to gather the greatest understanding possible from the course.

Requirements: Attendees must bring a laptop computer with a minimum 2 GHz Pentium processor, 4 GB of RAM, and 10GB of free hard disk space. The computer should have a spreadsheet program for analyzing data and Adobe Acrobat for reading the documentation. The attendees should also make sure that they have sufficient security privileges on their computers to allow the software to be installed during class.

Before coming to class, attendees should have download the most recent version of FDS, Smokeview, and PyroSim and make sure the programs run on their computer. FDS and Smokeview are available from the NIST website http://www.bfrl.nist.gov. Follow the links for software, fire simulation software, and the NIST Fire Dynamics Simulator and Smokeview. PyroSim is available at http://www.thunderheadeng.com/pyrosim/. Install the Free Trial version.

Professional Development Hours: A certificate of attendance for 28 CEUs will be awarded upon completion of a post-test.

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