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NCJ Number: 148776 Find in a Library
Title: Physical Development of Natural and Criminal Fires
Author(s): C Detienne
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 176
Sponsoring Agency: Charles C. Thomas
Springfield, IL 62704
Publication Number: ISBN 0-398-05902-0
Sale Source: Charles C. Thomas
2600 South First Street
Springfield, IL 62704
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This book presents a new theory on the physical development of natural and criminal fires which investigators can use to find unquestionable proof of the progression of any given fire.
Abstract: The first three chapters present basic definitions and a brief outline of the physics, chemistry, combustion, and heat transfer concepts necessary to an understanding of this subject. The book presents up-to-date theory of the fire physical development known as the "V" pattern theory, which locates the cause of all fires at the lowest point of a "V" shape visible on a vertical wall. The author modifies this theory with the introduction of a concept known as parabolic fire development which eliminates the principal causes of error found in the "V" pattern theory. The parabolic fire development paradigm is applied here to small and large natural fires, caused by human error, mechanical or electrical problems, or small chemical fires, as well as criminally set fires. 84 figures and 35 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Arson factors; Arson investigations; Computers; Fire detection; Police policies and procedures
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