Potentials of metal mesh to contain bushfires

Hashempour, Javad and Sharifian, Ahmad (2012) Potentials of metal mesh to contain bushfires. In: 2012 Qld Southern Regional Engineering Conference (SREC 2012), 1 Sep 2012, Toowoomba, Australia.

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Bushfires have very devastating effects on human life, economy and environment. Current techniques and approaches are capable of extinguishing fires with intensity less than 2.5 MW of heat per fire front. However, the heat intensity of a large fire could reach well above 100 MW/m. Fire propagates through direct flame contact, radiation and ember attack. A successful technique to contain intense bushfires should be able to deal with all three modes of fire propagation.
This work investigates prospective approaches to contain intense bushfires. Preliminary study indicates that using metal mesh has potential. There have been several reports on the News that metal meshes could prevent bushfire from propagation. A recent study reveals that a mesh with porosity of 25% is able to block 89% of direct heat flux of a large bushfire. Some applications such as Bunsen burners indicate its effectiveness against direct flame contact. Their values against ember attacks are well known in Australia and other countries. Australian Standard for construction of buildings in bushfire-prone area [AS 3959-2009] recommends that mesh should be applied on all openable windows, gutters and external doors with a maximum aperture size of 1.8 mm. However, this study shows further detail investigation is required in order to minimize the wind force.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Other)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: USQ conference. Only the Abstract, as supplied here, was published in the Conference Proceedings.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering
Date Deposited: 20 May 2013 03:11
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2017 23:46
Uncontrolled Keywords: metal screens; mesh; bushfire mitigation; heat flux; ember attack; Australia
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090503 Construction Materials
07 Agricultural and Veterinary Sciences > 0705 Forestry Sciences > 070503 Forestry Fire Management
12 Built Environment and Design > 1204 Engineering Design > 120401 Engineering Design Empirical Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: D Environment > 96 Environment > 9610 Natural Hazards > 961099 Natural Hazards not elsewhere classified
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/22677

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