Firefighting

IOWA RATE OF FLOW FORMULA FOR FIRE CONTROL

Issue 9 and Volume 148.

IOWA RATE OF FLOW FORMULA FOR FIRE CONTROL BY KEITH ROYER It has been brought to my attention that the Royer/Nelson Rate of Flow Formula for fire control is being misunderstood and misused and that attempts have been made to alter it. I have read some of the interpretations and applications of the formula and believe that many do not understand the physical and chemical laws and principles on which the formula is based. The research and experiments from which the formula evolved were conducted in the `50s and `60s. We did not set out to find a formula; it evolved from the research we were doing related to uncontrolled fire behavior in structures. When faced with a fire problem, one of the things we need to do first is identify the problem and its cause. Otherwise, our efforts to overcome the problem will be nothing more than trial-and-error methods…

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