Experimental fire tower studies on controlling smoke movement caused by stack and wind action

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Proceedings titleASTM Special Technical Publication
ConferenceCharacterization and Toxicity of Smoke: 05 December 1988, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.
Pages165177; # of pages: 13
Subjectelevators; stack effect; smoke controls; high rise buildings; pressurization; Smoke management
AbstractStudies have been undertaken to develop a fire-safe elevator for evacuating handicapped people and for aiding firefighters. Methods were developed for predicting adverse pressure differences across the walls of the elevator shaft and lobbies caused by wind and building stack action and in combination with those caused by a fire. The predictions were verified by tests conducted in a ten-story experimental fire tower. The level of mechanical pressurization required to prevent smoke contamination of elevators could be determined by summing the pressure differences caused by these forces. The tests demonstrated that mechanical pressurization of the elevator shaft or lobbies can be effective in preventing smoke contamination of these shafts and lobbies.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
NotePresented at a symposium held in Phoenix, AZ, USA on Dec 5, 1988 and sponsored by ASTM Committee E-5 on Fire Standards
Peer reviewedYes
NRC number31682
NPARC number20375930
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Record created2012-07-23
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