North American road tunnel fire detection research project

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TypeArticle
Conference2nd International Symposium on Tunnel Safety & Security: 15 March 2006, Madrid, Spain
Pages19; # of pages: 9
Subjectroad tunnel, fire protection, fire detection; Tunnels
AbstractA study to investigate the performance of fire detection systems in roadway tunnels was initiated by the Fire Protection Research Foundation in 1999. A Technical Advisory Group consisting of fire and transportation officials, engineering firms, researchers, and system manufacturers was formed to oversee the project, whose overall goals are:- Investigate the performance attributes of current fire detection technologies for roadway tunnel protection;- Develop performance criteria for fire and smoke detection systems in roadway tunnel applications;- Help optimize the technical specifications and installation requirements for this application.The first phase of this project that was completed recently was a literature review of past and current research and application of fire detection systems for road tunnel protection. Based on this study, a second phase of the research program with the following objectives was launched in November 2005:- Develop appropriate design fire scenarios and test protocols for evaluating performance of road tunnel detectors;- Conduct full-scale tunnel fire tests to document the performance of currently available fire detection technologies under challenging tunnel fire scenarios;- Analyze technical data and conduct computational modeling to help understand and optimize the technical specifications and installation requirements for application of fire detection technologies in road tunnels;- Evaluate environmental effects in real tunnel environments on system performance;- Benchmark full scale fire research scenarios against data from demonstration fire tests;- Provide technical data to standards and code writers for the development of guidelines for application of fire detection technologies in road tunnels.The paper will present a summary of the first phase literature study, a progress report on the second phase of the research program, and an update on roadway tunnel research and standards development activities in North America.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
NRC number48665
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NPARC number20377809
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