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A Protection for LPG Domestic Cylinders at Wildland-Urban Interface Fire

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Department of Civil Engineering, University of Coimbra, ADAI, Rua Luís Reis Santos, Pólo II, 3030-788 Coimbra, Portugal
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Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Coimbra, ADAI, Rua Luís Reis Santos, Pólo II, 3030-788 Coimbra, Portugal
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Academic Editors: Grant Williamson and Alistair M. S. Smith
Received: 18 March 2022 / Revised: 18 April 2022 / Accepted: 28 April 2022 / Published: 30 April 2022
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Fire in Human Landscapes)
Wildland fires are frequent events worldwide, particularly in the European-Mediterranean region, USA, and Australia. These fires have been more frequent and intense in recent years due to climate changes and may cause significant damage, especially when reaching the Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) areas. The presence of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders may cause severe events in WUI areas, as occurred in Portugal during the large wildfires of 2017, which could have been avoided if the cylinders were protected. Devices for protecting the parts of houses under WUI fire were previously presented, but a protective device for cylinders was not. In this work, a protective device for LPG cylinders made with a thin fabric with an aluminum coating on the external face was tested in laboratory and field conditions. The cylinder and the fabric were equipped with thermocouples and heat flux sensors attached to their surfaces. The tests showed that the device gave effective protection to the cylinder, decreasing the radiative heat flux that reaches it and keeping it in a safe condition when exposed to a fire; consequently preventing extreme behavior such as an explosion. View Full-Text
Keywords: LPG cylinders; protection; wildland-urban interface fires; safety; forest fire LPG cylinders; protection; wildland-urban interface fires; safety; forest fire
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Barbosa, T.F.; Reis, L.; Raposo, J.; Viegas, D.X. A Protection for LPG Domestic Cylinders at Wildland-Urban Interface Fire. Fire 2022, 5, 63. https://doi.org/10.3390/fire5030063

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Barbosa TF, Reis L, Raposo J, Viegas DX. A Protection for LPG Domestic Cylinders at Wildland-Urban Interface Fire. Fire. 2022; 5(3):63. https://doi.org/10.3390/fire5030063

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Barbosa, Thiago F., Luís Reis, Jorge Raposo, and Domingos X. Viegas. 2022. "A Protection for LPG Domestic Cylinders at Wildland-Urban Interface Fire" Fire 5, no. 3: 63. https://doi.org/10.3390/fire5030063

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