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Radiation

Radiation is a heat transfer by electro-magnetic waves so it doesn?t require any medium to be produced. The effect of radiation increases with temperature and decreases with distance. In a fire it is mainly produced by the flame temperature. Firefighters make use of a water curtain to protect themselves against this heat transfer (i.e. when they approach a valve to shut of a gas line).

References:

  • Drysdale, D. (1998) An introduction to Fire Dynamics 2nd edition. West Sussex, England: John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
 

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