Faculty Advisor

Dembsey, Nicholas A.


Fire products collectors are designed to measure key fire characteristics, such as heat release rate (HRR). In a situation where multiple test facilities are used, a mobile version of the typical fire products collector becomes the most cost effective solution. In order to realize the advantages of a mobile system, a unique fire products collector was designed to be optimal for limited space, improved mobility and increased proximity to the fire location. Design criteria included the ability to collect data for fires up to 1MW, use across multiple test facilities and protect all of the parts of the system from the fire test. The design was analyzed using heat transfer, mass transfer and static analysis techniques as well as cost-benefit comparisons to a stationary system.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2013


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Fire Protection Engineering

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