WUI flammability experiments at whole-plant scale
  • August 24, 2021


Grant holder: Juan Antonio Muñoz Navarro
Home Institution: Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya
Centre d’Estudis del Risc Tecnològic
Host Institution: Universidade de Coimbra
Associação para o Desenvolvimento da Aerodinâmica
Duration: 45 days

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During this STSM we have collaborated with the Association for the Development of Industrial Aerodynamics (ADAI) of the University of Coimbra to carry out burning experiments on wild and ornamental plants from species typically present in the surroundings and the gardens of the wildland-urban interface settlements.
We have sampled trees from these species before and after the burning tests to know their fuel and moisture distribution, and the changes in moisture content and the degree of fuel consumption of each fuel type after a fire. We have developed burning tests at both, full-scale and bench scale, recording data on mass depletion over time, flame temperature and geometry.