Joshua Swann

Joshua Swann, Ph.D.

Associate
Thermal Sciences
Bowie

Dr. Swann applies fire protection engineering, heat transfer, and fire dynamics principles to the analysis of active and passive building fire protection and life safety systems, material fire performance, and origin and cause investigation of residential, commercial, and industrial fires and explosions. Dr. Swann’s training and practical experience includes the design of automatic sprinkler systems, building life safety systems, code compliance of national, state, and local fire, building, and life safety standards, and engineering risk analyses. He has practical experience conducting laboratory experiments to evaluate material fire performance of construction materials utilizing both standardized and customized test methods.

Prior to joining Exponent, Dr. Swann conducted fire research at the University of Maryland in the Department of Fire Protection Engineering. Dr. Swann’s graduate research assistantship included the development, construction, and operation of the Controlled Atmosphere Pyrolysis Apparatus II (CAPA II) to perform gasification experiments on highly charring and intumescent polymeric construction materials. He subsequently derived and validated comprehensive pyrolysis models based on milligram-scale and gram-scale experimental data. This work was funded by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, 2019
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, 2018
  • B.S., Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland, 2014

Publications

Swann JD, Ding Y, Stoliarov SI. Comparison of Pyrolysis and Combustion Properties of Rigid and Plasticized Poly(vinyl chloride). Proceedings, 9th International Seminar on Fire and Explosion Hazards, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2019.

Swann JD, Ding Y, Stoliarov SI. Characterization of Pyrolysis and Combustion of Rigid Poly(vinyl chloride) Using Two-Dimensional Modeling. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer; 132:347-361; 2019.

Swann JD, Ding Y, McKinnon MB, Stoliarov SI. Controlled Atmosphere Pyrolysis Apparatus II (CAPA II): A New Tool for Analysis of Pyrolysis of Charring and Intumescent Polymers. Fire Safety Journal; 91:130-139; 2017.

Reports

Swann JD, Scheffey JL. Aircraft Loading Walkways – Literature and Information Review. National Fire Protection Association, Fire Protection Research Foundation, May 2014.

Presentations

Swann JD, Ding Y, Stoliarov SI. Characterization of Pyrolysis and Combustion of Polycarbonate using Two-Dimensional Modeling. Oral presentation, European Meeting on Fire Retardant Polymeric Materials, Turku, Finland, 2019.

Swann JD, Ding Y, Stoliarov SI. Comparison of Pyrolysis and Combustion Properties of Rigid and Plasticized Poly(vinyl chloride). Oral presentation, 9th International Seminar on Fire and Explosion Hazards, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2019.

Swann JD, Ding Y, Stoliarov SI. Characterization of Pyrolysis and Combustion of Rigid Poly(vinyl chloride) Using Two Dimensional Modeling. Poster presentation, 9th International Seminar on Fire and Explosion Hazards, Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2019.

Swann JD, Ding Y, McKinnon MB, Stoliarov SI. Controlled Atmosphere Pyrolysis Apparatus II (CAPA II). Oral Presentation, 12th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science, Lund, Sweden, 2017.

Swann JD, Ding Y, McKinnon MB, Stoliarov SI. Experimental Study of Anaerobic Pyrolysis of Poly(vinyl chloride). Oral Presentation, 10th U.S. National Combustion Meeting, College Park, MD, 2017.

Swann JD, Ding Y, McKinnon MB, Stoliarov SI. Controlled Atmosphere Pyrolysis Apparatus II (CAPA II). Oral Presentation, 8th Triennial International Aircraft Fire and Cabin Safety Research Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, 2017.

Swann JD, Ding Y, McKinnon MB, Stoliarov SI. Controlled Atmosphere Pyrolysis Apparatus II (CAPA II): A New Tool for Analysis of Pyrolysis of Charring Polymers. Poster presentation, American Chemical Society: Fire and Polymers Symposium, Philadelphia, PA, 2016.

Swann JD, Scheffey JL. Aircraft Loading Walkways – Literature and Information Review. Oral presentation, National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) Conference & Exposition, Las Vegas, NV, 2014.

Professional Affiliations

International Association of Arson Investigators – IAAI (member)

National Association of Fire Investigators – NAFI (member)

National Fire Protection Association – NFPA (member)

Society of Fire Protection Engineers – SFPE (member)

Additional Information

Additional Education Training

Advanced Fire, Arson & Explosion Investigation Training Program, National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI), 28 hour course, July 15-18, 2019.

Asbestos Awareness Training, in accordance with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.1001, 29 CFR 1915.1001, and 29 CFR 1926.1101, June 11, 2019.

Peer Reviewer

1st International Symposium on Lithium Battery Fire Safety, 2019

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, 2019
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Maryland, 2018
  • B.S., Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland, 2014