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Wildfires strike the U.S. every year, threatening homes, businesses and lives. Fire brands can travel long distances and ignite structures at random - even from up to a mile away.

Civil and Environmental Engineer Ann Jeffers has been studying how these fire brands cause ignition, lighting roofs and siding or falling into eaves and vents. Jeffers discusses her research, and how homeowners can protect their homes.

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How do structures ignite, and what can we do about it?

6/24/2013

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MconneX – U-M Professor Ann Jeffers explains how traveling "brands" from wildfires can fly long distances and ignite structures at random, and what homeowners can do to protect themselves.

MconneX – U-M Professor Ann Jeffers explains how traveling "brands" from wildfires can fly long distances and ignite structures at random, and what homeowners can do to protect themselves.

 


About the Professor

Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Ann Jeffers. Photo: Joseph Xu, Michigan Engineering Communications & MarketingAnn Jeffers is an Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Michigan College of Engineering. Her research interests include analysis of structures subjected to extreme load events (e.g., fire, blasts, earthquakes), numerical analysis of complex systems, advanced finite element methods, structural dynamics and structural stability.

About Michigan Engineering: The University of Michigan College of Engineering is one of the top engineering schools in the country. Eight academic departments are ranked in the nation's top 10 -- some twice for different programs. Its research budget is one of the largest of any public university. Its faculty and students are making a difference at the frontiers of fields as diverse as nanotechnology, sustainability, healthcare, national security and robotics. They are involved in spacecraft missions across the solar system, and have developed partnerships with automotive industry leaders to transform transportation. Its entrepreneurial culture encourages faculty and students alike to move their innovations beyond the laboratory and into the real world to benefit society. Its alumni base of nearly 70,000 spans the globe.

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