An Overview of design fires for building compartments

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DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1007/s10694-007-0031-7
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TypeArticle
Journal titleFire Technology
IssueJune
Pages167184; # of pages: 18
Subjectdesign fires, pre-flashover, post-flashover, t-squared fires, fire loads; Design fires/Fire modeling
AbstractThe worldwide trend of moving towards performance-based codes has brought about a need for computational tools, most of which rely on suitably-defined design fires, to adequately predict the impact of fires on buildings and their occupants. This literature review was carried out to determine the range of methods used to characterize design fires. The methods currently available were found to be largely empirical in nature and unsophisticated. The two main quantities used to describe design fires are the heat release rate (pre-flashover scenario) and temperature-time profiles (post-flashover). The most commonly used pre-flashover design fires are t2 fires, whereas a host of empirical correlations are available for post-flashover design fires.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number47655
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NPARC number20378370
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Record created2012-07-24
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