Online Course: Introduction to Heat Transfer and Fire Measurements
Angela Bennett
May 3, 2019

UL FSRI is pleased release a new on-line training course as part of the National Institute of Justice project “Full-Scale Experiments to Study the Impact of Ventilation on Fire Patterns.”

Divided into three sections: Heat & Temperature, Heat Transfer, and Fire Measurements, this course was designed to teach users about heat transfer (e.g., convection, conduction, and radiation), about the types of measurements made during fire experiments (e.g., temperature, pressure, velocity), and about the instrumentation used to make the measurements (e.g., thermocouples, heat flux gauges). After taking this course, you will be able to:

  • Describe the difference between heat and temperature
  • Understand the basic principles of heat transfer
  • Describe the instrumentation used to collect data in fire conditions and how that data is applied to the understanding of heat transfer 


NFPA 1033, the Standard for Professional Qualifications for Fire Investigator, requires that fire investigators shall have and maintain up to date knowledge of these topics. The course covers thermodynamics (heat transfer) and thermometry (thermal measurements).  These are two of the topics identified in the course.   

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This project was supported by Award No. 2015-DN-BX-K052, awarded by the National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication / program / exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Justice. To explore the data, pictures, videos, and reports associated with this project, click the button below.

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