Prof. Dominique Morvan, University of Aix-Marseille


AGB seminar room 3.01


Friday, June 6, 2014 - 13:00 to 14:30

Wildfires and wildland urban interface: The objective of this presentation is to introduce the problem of wildfires in wildland urban interface. After the introduction of the general context of this problem, some mechanical engineering approaches were then presented and illustrated using some numerical simulation results obtained for some particular problems such as the free propagation of a surface fire through a homogeneous vegetation layer, the interaction between a surface fire and a building, the efficiency of a firebreak.

Dominique MORVAN (born in 1960), after a MSc in Mechanical Engineering in 1983 (University of Aix-Marseille 2) and a PhD in Mathematics and Fluid Mechanics in 1985 (University of Aix-Marseille 2), he integrates the Department of Biomedical Engineering of the University of Compiègne in 1985, as a researcher of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS). Between 1988 and 2000, he works in two CNRS laboratories in Marseille: Institute of Fluid Mechanics (IMF) and Institute of Non Equilibrium Phenomena (IRPHE). In 2000, he was nominated as a Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Aix-Marseille. He is a specialist in fluid mechanics, biomechanics, heat and mass transfer, turbulence and combustion modelling, CFD. During his career, he has studied blood flows in the singularities of arterial tree (aorta cross, left ventricle …), mass transfers in bio-artificial organs (pancreas), the thermo-convective and thermo-capillary flows of liquid metals (laser surface treatment, welding, crystal growth), the behaviour of wildfires and more generally the fire safety problems. He is the author of around 50 articles in peer review journals, 160 conferences and 40 scientific and technical reports.


Refreshments from 12:45pm

Spreading of a surface fire toward a firebreak relating to wildfires and the wildland urban interface
Spreading of a surface fire toward a firebreak

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