To develop Fire Risk in 3D (FRI3D), a software tool that enhances fire-modeling capabilities and streamlines and simplifies fire probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) model development and maintenance, significantly reducing human effort and errors.
Researchers will develop a fire-modeling software tool that includes features such as fire-modeling from scratch, time- and space-dependent fire simulation, automated PRA workflow and a three-dimensional (3D) view of fire-scenario progression.
The software will complement existing plant fire PRAs. It imports existing plant models and then combines the required tools and methods in a 3D environment. It is expected, based on a pilot project's results, that FRI3D will reduce fire-modeling efforts by up to 50%, cut turnaround time by up to 50%, and decrease user error by 90% or more. This tool will also be used for research and development of enhanced time-dependent methods to improve the realism of scenario modeling and reduce undue conservatism.
2022—improve software capabilities by including additional features desired by the industry; support software deployment to the industry and conduct a pilot project that will include enhanced scenario evaluation.
2024—finalize FRI3D for industry technology transfer and evaluate FRI3D for other external hazards (e.g., flood); collaborate with Japan's Central Research Institute of Electric Power Industry to include testing of additional simulation features and incorporation of arc flash into scenarios.
FRI3D software showing an example fire scenario with heat layer visualization and component failures.