Overview

By innovating new ways to use computational modeling, we are better able to leverage both physical and virtual testing. Because physical live-burn experiments are expensive, it is more difficult to explore multiple variations. As a result, very few physical tests are typically run on a particular product or fire scenario. Additionally, physical testing can only provide data at discrete points. We use computational modeling as a complement to physical testing, extending and deepening what we learn in live burn experiments, while also using the findings from these experiments to validate projections from our modeling. Once we validate a computer model, we examine a variety of different input parameters much more quickly and economically than physical testing.

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