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Unlocking the hidden information in char to create a new quantitative toolkit for use in forensic fire investigations

Project description

New tools for fire investigators

The charring rate of wood is key for fire investigations. For instance, a slow burning, smouldering fire will show a graduation in the depth of charring, but a fast burning, intense fire will show severe charring on exposed surfaces. Information about the rate of charring and the depth of the char may be combined to determine the origin of the fire and the burn time. The EU-funded FORCHAR project has developed a quantitative method that measures the light reflected from charcoals to calculate the degree of charring. This new tool will be validated by real-world testing at fire scene investigations.

Host institution

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
Net EU contribution
€ 150 000,00
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter
United Kingdom

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Region
South West (England) Devon Devon CC
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
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Beneficiaries (1)

THE UNIVERSITY OF EXETER
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 150 000,00
Address
The Queen's Drive Northcote House
EX4 4QJ Exeter

See on map

Region
South West (England) Devon Devon CC
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Other funding
No data