Numerical modeling of radiative heat transfer in water sprays

Simo Hostikka (Corresponding Author), Kevin McGrattan

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

52 Citations (Scopus)


A numerical method is developed for the transport of polychromatic radiation in polydisperse sprays. The method is implemented within a wide-band radiation solver using the Finite Volume Method. Mie theory is used to compute the absorption and scattering characteristics of the water droplets. The solver is designed to be computationally effective because the simulations of fire scenarios are inherently time-dependent and the radiative transport equation must be solved many times. The model is compared with two sets of experimental data, and a discussion of the results is presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)76-86
JournalFire Safety Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2006
MoE publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • water sprays
  • radiation model
  • scattering calculation
  • Lagrangian droplets


Dive into the research topics of 'Numerical modeling of radiative heat transfer in water sprays'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this