WIT Press


The Kornati Fire Accident – Aerodynamic And Thermodynamic Aspects Of The Accident

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/FIVA080371

Volume

119

Pages

10

Page Range

377 - 386

Published

2008

Size

1,752 kb

Author(s)

B. Klarin, N. Ninic, D. Stipanicev, S. Nizetic & D. Krstinic

Abstract

The biggest fire fighting accident in the history of Croatia happened on August 30, 2007. The routine fire fighting operation ended with 12 dead and one badly injured firefighter. That was the biggest human loss in the history of fire fighting in Croatia. In order to understand the Kornati accident, a research team was formed and an independent scientific investigation was performed. The accident was analyzed from meteorological, vegetation, thermodynamic and aerodynamic points of view, and several simulation models were used. This paper describes the Kornati accident from aerodynamic and thermodynamic points of view and gives one possible explanation for the Kornati accident. Based on the actual Kornati accident data and observations of the accident site, qualitative and quantitative analyses have been performed and a few interesting conclusions have been derived. Keywords: open fire, boundary layer, flow obstacles, thermal shock.

Keywords

open fire, boundary layer, flow obstacles, thermal shock.