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 will also be an opportunity for some hands-on experience with predictive PC packages.

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. 


This is the 2022 course programme, if you would like to receive details on the 2023 course when they become available please email

Provisional programme

Day 1
Fundamental processes

Registration: 08:30 – 09:00

  • 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 combustion products and toxicity as a function of ventilation conditions

Day 3
Pool fires, jet fires and cloud fires

  • Steady burning diffusion fires
  • Pool fires in the open
  • Gaseous jet flames
  • Radiation from flames
  • Example calculations: radiation flux from flare on escape route
  • Pool and jet fires, large-scale tests
  • Pool and jet fires in compartments
  • Cloud fires

Day 4
Compartment fires

  • The growth period
  • Flashover
  • The post-flashover period and backdraughts
  • Fire performance of structures
  • Smoke movement

Day 5
Compartment fire modelling

  • Using CFD models
  • Fire behaviour and modern buildings
  • A zone model in detail – CFAST
  • Hands-on experience with a zone model – taking place at the University of Leeds, return coach transport will be arranged

Course finish time:  16:35




Course Director – Dr Roth Phylaktou, University of Leeds

2022 Presenters:

Professor Gordon Andrews, University of Leeds

Dr Florian Block, BuroHappold Engineering

Professor Derek Bradley, University of Leeds

Geoff Chamberlain, Waverton Consultancy Ltd, previously Shell Global Solutions UK 

Rob Crewe, DNV GL

Ben McColl, OCR Consultants

Jeremy Ockenden, Affinity Fire Engineering

Peter Rew, Atkins 

Fee information

Registration for the 2023 course will open around 3 months prior to the course, if you would like to be added to the mailing list to receive updates please email

Course fees:

Full five days: £TBC

Any one day: £TBC

Fees are VAT exempt

Fees include: cost of tuition, course materials, lunches, light refreshments and course dinner. Accommodation is not included in the course fee.

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 or Stevie Standerline E: / T: 0113 230 6000 quoting ‘CPD’ and the ‘Fire Dynamics’ course.

Bedrooms are subject to availability and the following rates (including VAT) apply with a ‘48 hours prior to arrival with no cancellation fee’ policy: Friday – Sunday, bed and breakfast £TBC per night, Monday – Thursday, bed and breakfast £TBC per night, for sole occupancy in a superior double room. Please book your accommodation as soon as possible to avoid disappointment with availability. A list of alternative hotels is available on request. Delegates are responsible for their own evening meals.

What our delegates say

“Really good course for teaching and explaining the fundamentals of fire dynamics in an interactive and well thought out course” Shell UK

“An excellent course for providing a balance between understanding the basic principles of fire science/dynamics and more in-depth practical applications. Thoroughly recommended” Kingspan

“A well thought out, relevant and interesting course” BAE Systems

“A comprehensive short course in understanding the basics of fire modelling” Geoffrey Hunt & Partners


Contact us

Helen Forsyth – Course Coordinator

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

T: +44 (0)113 343 8104




The Fire Dynamics and Modelling CPD course, Leeds, has been approved for 32 CPD hours in total by the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE).

IFE validation logo for 32 hours CPD