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  Combustion Modeling and Scaling Section    

The Combustion Modeling and Scaling Section conducts research and development work relevant to combustion with an emphasis on fire safety. Areas of interest include fundamental and applied numerical simulation of fire, including growth, spread and suppression. The Section is also involved in intermediate- and large-scale experiments relating to Navy platforms. The Section research is broad-based so as to develop a strong science and technology focus in research areas that include modeling the physical and chemical dynamics of the combustion process and studying the fundamental concepts of laminar and turbulent combustion, scaling parameters, and intermediate and real-scale combustion experiments.

The Section also assists in developing the Navy's short- and long-range Fire and Survivability / Damage Control Research and Development programs for all platforms. The research described in NRL's Shipboard Damage Control page was performed under the Section's Damage Control R&D program.

In the execution of the Section's programs, numerical algorithms are developed that describe the combustion mechanisms for incipient, fully developed, and inhibited fires. The experimental validation of these codes permits the study of the dynamics and chemistry associated with combustion and the development of scaling parameters for confined space fires as occur in compartments on board submarines ranging in volume from sizes of laboratory scale 0.1 cu. meters to 324 cu. meters. Semi-confined and open combustion are experimentally studied also to stimulate other shipboard conditions.

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