ENFP 415 - Fire Dynamics

Flame test photo by S. Nielson (3 credits)


  • Fluid mechanics (ENFP 300 or ENME 331).
  • Thermodynamics (ENES 232).
  • Heat and Mass Transfer (ENFP 312)
  • Have permission of the department


  • J.G. Quintiere, Fundamentals of Fire Phenomena.

Course Description

  • This is a required course designed to give students a quantitative understanding of fire behavior. The fundamentals of physics and chemistry of combustion are presented and used to derive key analytical relationships that describe fire growth. Application of these relationships to analysis of common fire scenarios is emphasized.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completing this course, the student should:

  • Understand essential concepts used to describe and analyze fire behavior
  • Be able to identify, formulate and solve fire dynamics problems representative of those commonly encountered in the fire protection engineering practice (ABET Student Outcome 5)
  • Recognize the need to engage in life-long learning to maintain state of the art fire protection engineering knowledge and skills (ABET Student Outcome 9)

Topics Covered

  • Combustion Chemistry and Thermodynamics
  • Premixed Flames
  • Nonpremixed Flames
  • Ignition of Liquids and Solids
  • Flame Spread
  • Burning Rate
  • Fire Plumes