FPE Graduate Courses: On Campus

These are the FPE courses offered ON CAMPUS.

For online courses, visit the online graduate courses page or the Office of Advanced Engineering Education.


For complete information about on-campus courses, schedules of classes by semester, and more, visit testudo.umd.edu.

ENFP 611 - Fire Induced Flows (3 Credits)
 Recommended prerequisite or corequisite: ENFP 415. Classical development of the equations governing fluid dynamics is presented with an emphasis on buoyancy.  From these equations, a theoretical basis is presented for fire induced buoyancy driven flows which include plumes, ceiling jets, and vent flows. Dimensional analysis for correlations and scale model applications are also presented and emphasized in this course.

ENFP 613 - Human Response to Fire (3 Credits)
 Prerequisite: permission of 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. View Syllabus.

ENFP 620 - Fire Dynamics Laboratory (3 Credits)
 Prerequisite: ENFP 415 or ENFP 651. Laboratory experiments are conducted to examine diffusion flames, ignition, flame spread on solids, liquid pool fires, and compartment fire growth. The results of experiments are interpreted using theoretical models of fire phenomena. View Syllabus.

ENFP 621 - Analytical Procedures of Structural Fire Protection (3 Credits)
 Prerequisite: ENES 220. Analysis procedures for structural components of wood, steel, concrete, and masonry. Structural capabilities, modifications under fire induced exposures. Calculations, computer models for predicting the response of structural components to fire exposure. View Syllabus.

ENFP 626 - Computational Fire Modeling (3 Credits)
 Prerequisite: ENFP300, ENFP312. Introduction to Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)-based fire modeling; governing equations of turbulent reacting flows; numerical approaches to the treatment of turbulence (DNS, LES, RANS); numerical methods for partial differential equations; physical modeling of enclosure fires (turbulence, combustion, thermal radiation, pyrolysis, suppression). Development of sample programs (Matlab) and use of current CFD-based fire models (FDS). View Syllabus.

ENFP 627 - Smoke Detection and Management Systems (3 Credits)
 Prerequisite: ENFP 300. Engineering principles applicable to the design and analysis of smoke management systems. Assessment of hazard posed by smoke. Forces affecting smoke movement. Airflow analysis in buildings. Review of performance characteristics of smoke management systems.

ENFP 629 - Selected Topics (3 - 6 Credits)
 Prerequisite: permission of department. For ENFP majors only. Repeatable to 6 credits. Current research, studies in fire protection engineering. Future trends and significant changes in research, professional areas. The professional standards process.

ENFP 629I – Industrial Fire safety (3 Credits) Prerequisite: permission of department. 
Introduction to the basics of process safety in industrial facilities; hazard identification (release of flammable/toxic materials, dispersion, explosion hazards, fire hazards); consequence analysis; risk analysis; prevention and risk mitigation. The course combines an academic point of view with a process safety engineering point of view. View Syllabus.

ENFP 629N – Fire and Explosion: Investigation and Reconstruction (3 Credits)
 Prerequisite: ENFP 312. This course focuses on the investigation of fires and explosions. Specifically the class looks to provide information on applying fire science to investigations in order to try and determine the cause and origin, fire spread, and other pertinent information regarding the fire timeline. An emphasis is placed on using science to support the investigative process. In addition the students are introduced to the standards and legal frameworks associated with investigations as well as the techniques for conducting an investigation. View Syllabus.

ENFP 629M - Material Flammability (3 credits) Prerequisite: ENFP 415 or ENFP 651. The fundamental mechanisms responsible for gaseous fuel generation by heated polymeric solids are examined. Experimental techniques frequently applied to the analysis of these mechanisms are surveyed and a theoretical framework describing these mechanisms is developed. This framework is applied to analysis of a range of standard flammability assessment methods including constant surface burning and flame spreading scenarios. Approaches to augmentation of material composition to improve their fire resistance are discussed.

ENFP629W - Wildland Fires: Science and Applications (3 Credits) This course presents an introduction to the global problem of wildland fires with an overview of the social, political and environmental issues posed as well as detailed coverage of the science, technology and applications used to predict, prevent and suppress wildland fires. Some specific topics covered will include relevant codes and standards, remote sensing, fire spread theory, risk mapping, research instrumentation, suppression, ignition sources and extreme fire behavior. Engineering analyses in many of these areas, as well as specific coverage of Fire Protection design in the Wildland-Urban Interface will also be covered. Students are expected to have an undergraduate-level understanding of calculus, fluid dynamics, heat transfer and thermodynamics, however students without these requirements showing a strong interest are encouraged to contact the instructor for permission to take the course.

ENFP 630 - Diffusion Flames and Burning Rate Theory (3 Credits)
 Prerequisite: ENFP312. Basic principles of diffusion flames and fires for gaseous, liquid, and solid fuels. Droplet burning, B number, jet combustion, and boundary layer combustion. View Syllabus. View Syllabus.

ENFP 651 – Advanced Fire Dynamics (3 Credits)
 Prerequisite: ENFP 312. A review of combustion thermochemistry, premixed and diffusion flames, ignition, flame spread, burning rate theory and flame radiation. Advanced fire growth analysis. View Syllabus.

ENFP 654 – Fire Suppression Sprays (3 Credits)
 Prerequisite: ENFP300, ENFP 312. Fire suppression mechanisms and goals are presented as a basis for fire suppression spray and nozzle designs.  Basic spray formation theory is presented describing how sprays are generated by fire suppression nozzles (e.g. sprinklers).  Methods and techniques are introduced for measuring and analyzing sprays based on their drop size distributions.  Basic equations for evaluating the dispersion and coverage performance of sprays are presented.

ENFP 799 - Master's Thesis Research (1 - 6 Credits)
 Prerequisite: permission of department. Recommended: completion of ENFP graduate requirements. Repeatable to 6 credits. Development and completion of Master's Thesis.