Fire Dynamics and Modelling

About the course

What will I learn?
The course will follow a structured approach starting from the general fundamental principles of combustion flammability and heat transfer, and will lead you through to the more specific study of fire spread and fire development in compartments. Open fires such as pool and jet fires will also be covered. The principles of fire protection practice and technology will be discussed within the context of understanding the fire development mechanism and the response of structures to fires. Your learning experience will be enhanced through worked examples and brief problems that you’ll be asked to attempt on your own or in groups.

There may also be an opportunity for some hands-on experience with predictive PC packages, although this is dependent on various aspects, including what social distancing guidelines are still in place at the time of the course running and whether we are able to gain access to a software cluster at the University.

How will I benefit?
On completion of this course, you should:

  • be able to apply general combustion and engineering principles to fires

  • know the parameters that influence flame spread and steady burning and be able to quantify the burning rate in compartment fires

  • predict the rate of development of the fire, the onset of flashover, and appreciate the application of these concepts to fire protection design

  • understand the factors influencing smoke toxicity and movement

  • be aware of the predictive tools that are available and become familiar with the application and use of such tools, through ‘hands-on’ practice.

Who should attend?

This course is for you if you wish or need to gain a comprehensive, scientifically-based analysis and engineering quantification tools, of fire development and consequence assessment in industrial and residential scenarios.

Perhaps you’re involved in the design and operation of buildings and chemical plant (architect, civil engineer, chemical engineer) or in the design of protection systems (passive and active system developer, manufacturer, installer).

Maybe you’re responsible for building and plant safety on a day-to-day basis, a regulator or adviser (Health and Safety Executive, Fire Service, Home Office, local authority, building control office, consultant, insurer) or firefighting professional.

This course would also be very useful if you’re a new researcher in the field. 


The 2020 course programme will be available approximately 3 months prior to the course. However, see below for the 2019 programme details:

Day 1: Fundamental processes

  • Physical concepts

  • Fuel and combustion processes and fundamentals

  • Limits of flammability

  • Heat transfer: conduction and convection

Day 2: Radiation, ignition and flame spread

  • Radiation from fires

  • Ignition - general, gaseous/liquid fuels and solids

  • Spread of flame

  • Fire behaviour and modern buildings

Day 3: Pool fires, jet fires and cloud fires

  • Steady burning diffusion fires

  • Pool fires in the open

  • Jet fires

  • Radiation from flames

  • Example calculations: radiation flux from flare on escape route

  • Pool and jet fires, large-scale tests

  • Cloud fires

  • Pool and jet fires in compartments

Day 4: Compartment fires

  • The growth period

  • Flashover

  • The post-flashover period and backdraughts

  • Fire performance of structures

  • Smoke movement

  • Fire combustion products and toxicity as a function of ventilation conditions

Day 5: Compartment fire modelling

  • Overview of fire models

  • A zone model in detail – CFAST

  • Using CFD models

  • Hands on experience with a zone model

Fee information

Full five days: £1595
Any one day: £410

Fees are VAT exempt

Fees include:

  • cost of tuition

  • course materials

  • lunches

  • light refreshments

  • course dinner on Monday 

15% discount for members of The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE).

View our terms and conditions

Venue details

The course will take place at Weetwood Hall Estate, which is situated to the north of Leeds at the junction of the A660 Leeds - Skipton road and the A6120 Outer Ring Road.​​

Weetwood Hall Estate
Otley Road
West Yorkshire
LS16 5PS




The course will take place at Weetwood Hall Estate, which is situated to the north of Leeds at the junction of the A660 Leeds - Skipton road and the A6120 Outer Ring Road.

If you require accommodation, and wish to stay at the course venue Weetwood Hall Estate, please contact Emma Barker E: / T: 0113 230 6000 quoting ‘CPD’ and the ‘Fire Dynamics‘ course.

The below rates are for a superior double room and include VAT:

Sunday evening, bed and breakfast £84
Monday – Thursday evening, bed and breakfast £88

Please book your accommodation at least two weeks before the course commences to guarantee rates and availability. A list of alternative hotels is available on request. Delegates are responsible for their own evening meals except on Monday 28 September when the course dinner is included.

What our delegates say

"A fast paced course that has excellent speakers that will provide you with a great understanding of fire dynamics and modelling" Nissan

"An intensive and thorough course focusing on fundamentals and more advanced areas of fire and explosion science with a view to achieve a working level of proficiency in a short time frame" ARUP

"A very detailed an intense crash course on the A-Z of Fire Dynamics. I would totally recommend it to anyone interested in the field of Fire Design & Safety" DNV GL

Contact us

Harriet Wills – Course Coordinator

CPD Conference and Events Unit
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences 
University of Leeds,

T: +44 (0)113 343 2494




This course has been approved for 32.5 continuing professional development (CPD) hours by The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE). 

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