This volume introduces students and researchers to the fundamental concepts of fire science. Using easy-to-understand language, it provides a solid background, and help readers develop a meaningful understanding and appreciation of this important and evolving topic.
Fire science is the branch of applied science that studies the chemistry, physics, and environmental variables that comprise and control the many properties of fire. Throughout human history, fire has been seen as both a useful tool and a powerful force of destruction. This volume will cover such issues as combustion chemistry, energy production and conversion, thermographic study, fire control, increasing wildfires, and many others, allowing readers to acquire a sound knowledge base for their relationship with fire in the real world.
The entries in this edition are arranged alphabetically for ease in finding desired topics. Entries include: Fields of Study; Abstract for a brief, concrete summary; Key Concepts; Essay for detailed explanation, background, and significance of the topic; Further Reading for current references on the topic. Entries in Principles of Fire Science include:
The volume also includes:
- Glossary that defines key specialized terms used throughout the book and among fire professionals
- Comprehensive Bibliography/Further Study lists
- Subject Index that offers multiple points of entry for readers
With approximately 125 individual essays, this new volume will give readers a solid overview of fire and the major concepts and contemporary issues surrounding its role in the world. An invaluable resource for students at the high school and undergraduate levels, especially those considering careers in fire science.