Some overlooked aspects of the severity of compartment fires

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TypeArticle
Journal titleFire Safety Journal
ISSN0379-7112
Volume3
Issue4
Pages261271; # of pages: 11
Subjectfire spread; fire safety; convection; ventilation; fire compartments; Fire
AbstractBecause of drafts, the ventilation of realworld compartment fires is usually more intense than that in classic burn experiments. Fortunately, the potential for fires to spread by structural destruction, irrespective of the nature of fire load, decreases with increasing ventilation, so that designing the fire resistance of the compartment boundaries on the assumption of classic conditions is a safe practice. Fires, however, do not usually spread by structural destruction but rather by the convection of uncombusted fuel volatiles. In deciding on measures for the prevention of convective fire spread the assumption of classic conditions is not necessarily a safe practice. Self-closing doors, fire drainage facilities, and flame deflectors may often prove powerful tools in the provision of fire safety.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
IdentifierDBR-P-983
NRC number19451
1506
NPARC number20386365
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Record created2012-07-25
Record modified2016-05-09
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