The present study investigates if there are any consistent fire effects or patterns that persist on a door assembly after a fire to indicate the position of the door within a fire. There is currently a lack of research on this topic within the field. This causes practitioners to rely on their subjective interpretation of fire patterns within the room. Experiments were conducted with a door assembly 1/6th bench scale model of an ISO standard room. The door assembly was placed in three positions: open, partially open, and closed. Each position was tested ten times, totaling thirty trials. These trials revealed that there are unique damage characteristics to the door jamb and the door face for each door position. As a result, this study lays the foundation to assist in removing subjectivity from the determination of the position of the door during a fire. The findings from these experiments begin to allow practitioners to be able to accurately identify whether the door served as a ventilation opening during the fire event. This understanding of ventilation will assist the investigator and allow them to have a better understanding of the fire dynamics and spread within the compartment.

Semester/Year of Award

Fall 11-27-2023


Dr. Greg E. Gorbett

Mentor Department Affiliation

Safety, Security, and Emergency Management

Access Options

Open Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Safety, Security, and Emergency Management