Faculty of Engineering and Science

Principles & Practice of Fire Modelling

The Fire Safety Engineering Group (FSEG) is pleased to present the Principles and Practice of Fire Modelling short course, for all those involved in Fire Safety Engineering.

School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences

Date: New dates to be published soon

Duration:  One week

Location: Online  | Distance Learning

Learning modeLive lecturesLive tutorialsRecorded lecturesRecorded tutorialsAdditional material providedAssessment
Face to faceYes, full set of PPEM/PPFM lectures (classroom delivery)Yes, full set of PPEM/PPFM tutorials (classroom delivery)YesYesYesGroup project (and courseworks if doing an MSc)
Online distance learningYes, selected PPEM/PPFM lectures (online delivery)Yes, selected PPEM/PPFM tutorials (online delivery)YesYesYesIndividual project (and courseworks if doing an MSc)
Pre-recorded theoretical materialNoNoYesNoNoNo
Pre-recorded course material NoNo YesYesNoNo

Fire Safety Science and Engineering is concerned with the efficient protection of life and property. To achieve this aim it relies heavily on mathematical modelling. This short course examines the role of mathematical fire models in fire safety science and in particular their formulation, limitations, applications and interpretation of model predictions.


  • To give a broad introduction to fire safety science.
  • To develop an understanding of the role of mathematical modelling in fire safety science.
  • To provide an introduction to the principles of heat transfer and fluid dynamics.
  • To familiarise students with control-volume techniques for the solution of differential equations.
  • To introduce the concepts of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD).
  • To familiarise attendees with computational software used in fire modelling.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the short course, those participating should:

  • be familiar with the concept of zone and field modelling.
  • be familiar with zone and field model assumptions.
  • have an understanding of the capabilities and limitations of modelling software packages for zone and field modelling.
  • be able to select and use the most appropriate mathematical software and demonstrate their use in compartment fire applications.
  • be able to interpret model predictions.

Indicative Content

Fluid properties, specific heat, energy, enthalpy, heat transfer, diffusion equation, introduction to control-volume techniques. Qualitative descriptions of room fire growth, factors affecting fire build-up, the flash-over phenomena, four phases of room fire build-up. Two-zone quasi-steady room fire model, introduction to basic CFD, CFD-based room fire model, boundary conditions, physical models.

Main Activities

Concepts and techniques will be introduced and demonstrated in seminars. Those attending will gain experience in using the methods in "hands-on" tutorial and workshop sessions.

Social Events

A course dinner will take place on the Tuesday of the course week in a local Greenwich restaurant.

A detailed timetable will be available shortly.

Specific pre-requisites

This short course in intended for those in the fire safety profession i.e. safety consultants, safety officers, architects, engineers, fire brigade officers, etc. Those attending are expected to be able to use PC Windows and operate a PC. A rudimentary understanding of basic differential equations would be an advantage but is not a pre-requisite.

Course Fees

Course fees are detailed in the table below.  A discount is given to course places sponsored by the Fire Brigade or a Local Council. A further discount applies when registering 8 weeks before the start of the course.

Fees include lecture material and notes, lunches, morning and afternoon tea/coffee and the course dinner. Delegates will also be provided with a 1 month trial licence for EXODUS and/or SMARTFIRE.

Non-Fire Brigade /Council£1,100
Early Registration£1,000
Fire Brigade/Council£950
Early Registration£900
Assessment for PPFM course (optional)£100
Online Distance Learning Version £1,000
Early Registration / Online Version£900

Refund policy for cancellation by delegates

  • Up to 4 weeks before start of course: no refund
  • Up to 8 weeks before start of course: 50% refund
  • Over 8 weeks before start of course: 75% refund

All fees must be paid before the commencement of the course.

The University of Greenwich reserves the right to change the above arrangements. Full refund will be given in the unlikely event of cancellation of the course by the University of Greenwich, but cancellation by delegates will incur penalty (see refund policy above).


To register your interest email: fsegadmin@gre.ac.uk

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