Nicholas Traina
Nicholas Traina, Ph.D.
Associate
Thermal Sciences
Warrenville

Dr. Traina specializes in the investigation and analysis of fires, explosions, and other thermal events. His background is in mechanical engineering with a focus on fluid mechanics, heat transfer, laser diagnostics, combustion, and fire dynamics. He has extensive experience with fire dynamics in structures and has studied the effectiveness of different fire-service tactics, including ventilation and water application, on controlling fires containing modern residential fuel loads. He has also examined the exposure of radiant and convective heat, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen cyanide to potential occupants and quantified timelines available for escape.

Prior to joining Exponent, he completed his Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His thesis focused on occupant tenability and laser diagnostics in the fire environment. Using laser absorption spectroscopy, he implemented a tunable diode laser technique for measuring water vapor and a mid-infrared laser technique for measuring hydrogen cyanide in the highly corrosive environment created during large-scale fires. He also utilized a porcine skin surrogate model to quantify the risk of steam burns from fire-service water application to occupants.

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2017
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2012
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2012
  • SFPE Educational and Scientific Foundation Student Scholar Award, 2017

    SFPE Chicago Chapter Scholarship, 2016-2017

Publications

Traina N, Kerber S, Kyritsis DC, Horn GP. Occupant tenability in single family homes part I-Impact of structure type, fire location and interior doors prior to fire department arrival. Fire Technology 2017; 53:1589-1610.

Traina N, Kerber S, Kyritsis DC, Horn GP. Occupant tenability in single family homes part II-Impact of door control, vertical ventilation and water application. Fire Technology 2017; 53:1611-1640.

Yoo J, Traina N, Halloran M, and Lee T. Minute concentration measurements of simple hydrocarbon species using supercontinuum laser absorption spectroscopy. Applied Spectroscopy 2016; 70:1063-1071

Presentations


Traina N, Kerber S, Horn GP. Effect of firefighter water application on occupant burn risk and tenability. Poster presentation, NFPA Conference and Expo, Boston, MA, 2017.

Traina N, Kerber S, Kyritsis DC, Horn GP. Effect of different ventilation configurations on the fire environment in residential structures. Presentation, 2013 SFPE Annual Meeting: Professional Development Conference and Exposition, Austin, TX, 2013.

Traina N, Kerber S, Kyritsis DC, Horn GP. Effect of external water application on tenability and the fire environment. Poster presentation, NFPA Conference and Expo, Chicago, IL, 2013.

Traina N, Kerber S, Kyritsis DC, Horn GP. Analysis of water application in large-scale residential structures. Presentation, The 8th U.S. National Meeting of the Combustion Institute, Park City, UT, 2013.

Prior Experience

Research Assistant, Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2013-2017

Teaching Assistant, Mechanical Science and Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2014-2016

News & Events

CREDENTIALS & PROFESSIONAL HONORS

  • Ph.D., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2017
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2012
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, 2012
  • SFPE Educational and Scientific Foundation Student Scholar Award, 2017

    SFPE Chicago Chapter Scholarship, 2016-2017