Faculty Advisor

Tryggvason, Gretar


The large-scale fire test specified in ASTM Standard E 2307 is used to evaluate a perimeter fire in a building. It is used to predict flame spread through a building's exterior but not via windows through a phenomenon known as leap frogging. This project developed computer-based tools to assist in the development of modifications to ASTM E 2307 to account for leap frogging. We used the Computational Fluid Dynamics model Fire Dynamics Simulator for this task. As a result of our work the ASTM task group modifying ASTM E 2307 will be able to look at the effect of test apparatus geometry modifications including spandrel height and window size, height and width, on the propensity for leap frogging.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2010


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering