Elevator piston effect and the smoke problem

  1. (PDF, 650 KB)
  2. Get@NRC: Elevator piston effect and the smoke problem (Opens in a new window)
DOIResolve DOI: http://doi.org/10.1016/0379-7112(86)90065-2
AuthorSearch for: ; Search for:
Journal titleFire Safety Journal
Pages227233; # of pages: 7
Subjectelevators; smoke controls; handicapped persons; air flow; elevators smoke control; elevator evacuation feasibility; handicapped; piston effect; pressure differences; Smoke management
AbstractThe material in this paper is part of a joint project between the United States and Canada to evaluate the feasibility of elevator evacuation of the handicapped. This paper presents an analysis for the pressure differences produced by elevator car motion and it presents flow coefficients for flow around cars in elevator shafts based on test data. The results of an experiment to verify this piston effect analysis are presented. Also, practical considerations concerning piston effect and elevator smoke control are presented. An equation is developed to determine the upper limit of the pressure difference across an elevator lobby caused by piston effect.
Publication date
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
NRC number28445
NPARC number20375322
Export citationExport as RIS
Report a correctionReport a correction
Record identifierd93f3e37-0abd-444c-bced-764dae0b5662
Record created2012-07-23
Record modified2016-05-09
Bookmark and share
  • Share this page with Facebook (Opens in a new window)
  • Share this page with Twitter (Opens in a new window)
  • Share this page with Google+ (Opens in a new window)
  • Share this page with Delicious (Opens in a new window)