Fire science and safety engineering; Computational fluid dynamics with an emphasis on the radiation heat transfer from large scale plumes and fluid-structure coupled response
Dr. DesJardin conducts research and teaches classes in the area of fire simulation science. His primary areas of interest are fire plume dynamics, radiation heat transfer and flame spread modeling. As part of these efforts, he has developed a suite of simulation tools for examining the coupled fluid-structure response of composite materials to fire environments. The figure shows a representative result from a fire plume study to examine the role of near-field turbulent flow dynamics on the radiation heat transfer from large reacting plumes.