Document Type dissertation Author Name Till, Robert Email Address till at alum.wpi.edu URN etd-1220100-153824 Title A Building Evaluation Technique for Fire Department Suppression Degree PhD Department Fire Protection Engineering Advisors Robert W. Fitzgerald, Advisor Diane Strong, Advisor David Lucht, Department Head Keywords firefighter simulation discrete event Date of Presentation/Defense 2000-12-21 Availability unrestricted
Building design and site features have an influence on helping or hindering fire fighting operations. Traditional studies relating to building performance evaluation for fire department operations do not address the influence of building site and architectural design on local fire department suppression techniques. These studies also do not relate fire fighting analysis to anticipated fire size. The goal of this dissertation is to develop an analytical procedure by which the size of a specified design fire can be predicted for the time at which fire fighting attack water application is likely to occur. The delays encountered due to building configuration and specified design fire conditions are incorporated in the analysis. Discrete Event Simulation is used to compute time durations for fire fighting operations. The results of this dissertation may be used as a stand alone technical analysis for any office building or as a part of a more complete building performance evaluation.
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