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Temperature Distribution Around Synthetic Trees During Grass Fires

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Heat from grass fires may be partitioned differentially around tree boles and cause different degrees of injury which may be manifested as localized bark charting or fire scars. To study heat partitioning, and to avoid many of the field problems such as asymmetric fuel distribution around trees, four cylinders (diameter 7, 17, 27, and 34 cm and length 3.5 m) were constructed, covered with woven asbestos, and subjected to grass fires in a former woodland community in northeastern Australia. Between the layers of asbestos cloth 24 thermocouples, at six heights and four aspects on each cylinder, were used as temperature sensors. Temperatures recorded during the fires were related to fuel, fire behavior, and environmental variables. Maxima (in time) were greatest at heights of 40 cm on the leeward aspects of the cylinders. The pattern of temperature distribution around large diameter cylinders was more predictable than that around small cylinders. Predictions of the damage to real trees in a forest is the ultimate aim of this research. Forest Sci. 22:269-276.
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Keywords: Fire behavior; fire damage; forest fire; heat partitioning

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Division of Plant Industry, CSIRO, P.O. Box 1600, Canberra City, Australia

Publication date: 1976-09-01

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