Fire Dynamics, 2nd Edition


Improve readers’ understanding of fire dynamics with real-world insight and research.

Written to the FESHE baccalaureate curriculum for the Fire Dynamics course, Fire Dynamics offers a comprehensive approach to fire dynamics that integrates the latest research and real experiments from the field.

The Second Edition’s design makes locating information even easier for the reader. With twelve chapters and FESHE and NFPA references and guidelines throughout, this book is a useful resource for all fire service professionals–from the student to the fire investigator.


  • Meets the updated FESHE guidelines  for Fire Behavior and Combustion, Fire Dynamics, and NFPA 1033-Standard Professional Qualifications for the Fire Investigator
  • Offers a more comprehensive approach to fire dynamics and chemistry with a blend of introductory, intermediate, and advanced Fire Dynamics course material
  • Integrates real-world practical experiences as well as theoretically-based research in a highly-readable format that is comprehensible to a wide audience
  • Contains Math, Chemistry, and Physics Reviews to acclimate the reader to fire dynamics
  • Engages visual learners and makes locating information even easier with a new design. Improvements include:
    • NEW: Numbered headings that make it faster to follow the instructor
    • UPDATED: More text boxes to reinforce text material
    • UPDATED: More definitions placed alongside the text for quick reference
    • NEW: New photos and illustrations to increase concept comprehension
    • NEW: A new header, Quantitative Questions, to identify advanced difficulty questions in the Chapter Review Section
  • Reinforces learning and retention with Introductions, Key Terms, and End-of-Chapter Review Questions used throughout

Chapter-by-chapter changes include:

  • UPDATED: Chapter 1, “Introduction”: Tables have been redesigned to make information easier to read. Tables have been updated to include more recent data on fire losses in the United States and Canada, fire deaths and injuries, and fire fighter fatalities. New photos have also been added.
  • UPDATED: Chapter 2, “Fire Basics”: This chapter begins with an expanded definition of fire in order to better orient the reader. New information on Fire Hazards Related to the U.S. Department of Transportation Hazard Classification System, Heat and Temperature, and Energy, Work, and Thermodynamics have been added.
  • UPDATED: Chapter 3, “Math Review for Basic Fire Science Applications”: Sections on Flux, Conversion between Units, and Scaling Images have been added. Several new photos have been added to assist in understanding fire behavior.
  • UPDATED: Chapter 4, “Fires from Gas Phase Fuels”: This chapter has been renamed and refocused on gas phase fuels. New items included in this chapter are an expanded General Chemistry Concepts section. The section on Smoke in this chapter has also been expanded. Information on gas phase fuels has been centralized in this chapter.
  • UPDATED: Chapter 5, “Fires from Liquid Phase Fuels”: New photos have been added to enhance the understanding of aerosol vs spray, wicking and pool fire, frothing and slopover. A new definition of frothing and slopover as well as expanded information is provided.
  • UPDATED: Chapter 6, “Fires from Solid Phase Fuels”: Flame Spread has been consolidated and moved to this chapter to enhance the flow of the material. There is a new section on potential toxicity of flame retardants.
  • UPDATED: Chapter 7, “Heat Release Rate”: This chapter has been reviewed and reorganized to maximize the reader’s experience.
  • UPDATED: Chapter 8, “Ignition”: Heat transfer material has been incorporated into Chapter 8 to centralize vital information and create a better flow for the reader’s benefit.
  • UPDATED: Chapter 9, “Enclosure Fire Basics”: A new section titled Reaching the LFL within a Compartment has been included in this chapter.
  • UPDATED: Chapter 10, “Extinguishment”: Environmental Concern for Foam Use is a new section to this edition as is Removal of Oxygen. Expanded information has been provided for Cooling Effect of Inert Gas. There is in depth discussion of how water effects and extinguishes fire.
  • NEW: Chapter 11, “Explosions”: This new chapter provides an introduction to explosions and how they behave. Topics include types of explosion, common fuel gases, boiling liquid expanding vapor explosions (BLEVE), unconfined vapor cloud explosion (UVCE), fire and explosion dangers in concentrated dust environments, blast effects and overpressure effects, and TNT equivalency.
  • UPDATED: Chapter 12, “Introduction to Fire Modeling”: In addition to the numerous types of fire modeling previously presented, there is a new section on spreadsheet models.


Item #: 0133842708

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