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Calculating Temperature at a distance from a fire.

  1. Mar 5, 2013 #1
    Hi all, I have searched the internet for hours and have come up empty. Perhaps I'm just not entering the correct search terms. What I would like to work out is variation of temperature (in air) with altitude above the fire.

    The fire is a bushfire (a quick search suggests a temperature of 1200C)
    Atmosphere temperature being 25C
    Altitude above fire 120m

    Any ideas how I would go about this task? A rough temperature will be fine.

    Thanks for reading!
    Last edited: Mar 5, 2013
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  3. Mar 5, 2013 #2


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    You might try 'thermal radiation'
  4. Mar 5, 2013 #3
    There should also be a significant amount of heat rising as a result of natural convection, even at 120 M. Look up natural convection from a horizontal surface.
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    This is one of those things that you just gotta measure.
  6. Mar 5, 2013 #5


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    I'm with Khashishi on this one - there are too many variables, and the physics is too complex to get even a rough estimate.
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