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Effectiveness of retardant on mulch fuels: a case study at Pelican Mountain, 2018

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub19843
Author
Hsieh, Rex
Date
March 2020
Material Type
Research report
Field
Fibre Supply
Author
Hsieh, Rex
Contributor
Canadian Forest Services (CFS)
Natural Resources Canada (NRC)
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AAF)
Date
March 2020
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
27 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Wildfire Operations
Subject
Fire retardant
Fuel treatment
Mulching
Mulch
FPI TR
Retardant
Series Number
Technical Report ; TR 2020 n.7
Language
English
Abstract
Mulching is a common method of fuel treatment. However, it is not currently listed by the U.S. Forest Service as a fuel type in its recommendations for fire retardant coverage levels. FPInnovations researchers set up plots with different coverage levels of retardant on a mulch fuel bed and collected fire behaviour data when a fire interacted with these plots. The results are intended to help wildfire agencies understand the effectiveness of retardant on mulch fuels in developing better suppression plans.
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Performance evaluation of commercially available wildland fire chemicals using a custom-built thermal canister

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub36373
Author
Refai, Razim
Coronel, Eder Alain Villa
McDonald, Andre
Date
March 2020
Material Type
Research report
Field
Fibre Supply
Author
Refai, Razim
Coronel, Eder Alain Villa
McDonald, Andre
Contributor
Canadian Forest Services (CFS)
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry (OMNR)
Date
March 2020
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
24 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Wildfire Operations
Subject
Fire retardant
Wildfires
Chemicals
Gel
Retardant
FPI TR
Water
Series Number
Technical Report ; TR 2020 n.11
Location
Ontario
Language
English
Abstract
This study focuses on evaluating the relative performance of different commercially available wildland fire chemicals using a custom-built sensible enthalpy rise calorimeter, known as the ‘Thermal Canister.’ Six different fire chemicals were evaluated in this study: Blazetamer 380, AquaGel-K, Firewall II, WD 881C, Thermo-Gel 200 L, and FireIce 561. The evaluation of the relative performance of the fire chemicals was conducted by using the average heat release rate as the primary metric. It was found that under the test conditions, Thermo-Gel 200L at 3% concentration and FireIce 561 at 1.4% concentration were the most effective at suppressing combustion. The fire chemicals that were least effective at suppressing combustion were Firewall II at 0.25% and 2% concentration and WD 881C at 0.1%, 0.3%, and 1% concentrations. The study also found that certain fire chemicals such as AquaGel-K and FireIce 561 at their highest approved mix ratios were too viscous to be applied and may prove to be challenging to use for firefighting operations. Data from this study will be used in the Wildfire Chemical Roadmap, where results from multiple tests will help assess the effectiveness and cost of using gels.
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Predicted pavement damage from widebase steering tires: a methodology to estimate widebase steering tire load equivalency

https://library.fpinnovations.ca/en/permalink/fpipub19842
Author
Bradley, Allan
Thiam, Papa-Masseck
Date
March 2020
Material Type
Research report
Field
Fibre Supply
Author
Bradley, Allan
Thiam, Papa-Masseck
Contributor
Canadian Forest Services (CFS)
National Resources Canada (NRC)
Date
March 2020
Material Type
Research report
Physical Description
33 p.
Sector
Forest Operations
Field
Fibre Supply
Research Area
Transportation & Infrastructure
Subject
Roads
Tires
Trucks
FPI TR
Weight
Series Number
Technical Report ; TR 2020 n.12
Language
English
Abstract
Canadian regulators utilize the ESAL concept for vehicle impact evaluations and(or) pavement design. Unfortunately, TAC’s ESAL equations do not account for tire size and, consequently, overestimate steering axle impacts when those axles are equipped with widebase steering tires. Many new vehicles proposed for use in Canada feature tridem-drive tractors and heavily loaded steering axles—these heavy loads necessitate the use of widebase steering tires. In order to optimize high efficiency truck configurations in Canada, therefore, accurate estimates of widebase steering tire ESALs are needed. This work describes a methodology to estimate ESALs for widebase steering tires. These ESAL equations were used to justify an increase in steering axle weights for B.C. 9-axle log B-trains.
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