Title: A tilting wind tunnel for fire behavior studies
Author: Weise, David R.
Source: Res. Note PSW-RN-417. Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. 6 p
Station ID: RN-PSW-417
Description: The combined effects of wind velocity and slope on wildland fire behavior can be
studied in the laboratory using a tilting wind tunnel. The tilting wind tunnel requires a
commercially available fan to induce wind and can be positioned to simulate heading
and backing fires spreading up and down slope. The tunnel is portable and can be
disassembled for transport using a full-size pickup truck. Vertical velocity profiles indicate
that the average turbulence level is about 15 percent of mean wind velocity.
Keywords: heading fire, backing fire
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Weise, David R. 1994. A tilting wind tunnel for fire behavior studies. Res. Note PSW-RN-417. Albany, CA: Pacific Southwest Research Station, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture. 6 p.