The application of wildland fire chemicals has become increasingly prominent in fighting forest fires. It is necessary to evaluate the relative performance of various wildland fire chemicals used. Quantifying the performance of these chemicals will provide information on the effectiveness of these chemicals, and also provide data for a cost-benefit analysis.
The objective of this project is to manufacture an experimental setup to evaluate the performance of wildland fire chemicals. A custom built thermal calorimeter, known as the “Thermal Canister,” will be fabricated to measure the heat released during the combustion of the fuel. The heat release rate will be used as the measure for the purpose of product evaluation and performance.