Problems with computer models

Alan N. Beard*

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    Computer-based models are widely used today as part of fire safety design. There is, though, considerable concern about whether or not the use of such models may be leading to unacceptable options being adopted. This concern covers all types of models, including those based on computational fluid dynamics. Models should only ever be used as an aid within a context of fire knowledge and experience and certainly not as a sole source of decision-making. Models are not the real world. The limitations and conditions of applicability of a model need to be thoroughly understood by users. This article discusses these and related issues.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)193-204
    Number of pages12
    JournalJournal of Applied Fire Science
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
    • Chemical Engineering(all)
    • Chemistry(all)
    • Condensed Matter Physics


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