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Numerical Pyromaniacs: The Use of Python in Fire Research

Kristopher Overholt
University of Texas at Austin


Python along with various numerical and scientific libraries was used to create tools that enable fire protection engineers to perform various calculations and tasks including educational instruction, experimental work, and data visualization. Examples of web calculators and tools for creating 3D geometry for fire models using Python are presented. The use of Python in the fire research field will foster many new ideas, tools, and innovation in the field of fire protection research and engineering.


fire protection engineering, fluid dynamics, visualization

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