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Document Typedissertation
Author NameTill, Robert
Email Address till at alum.wpi.edu
TitleA Building Evaluation Technique for Fire Department Suppression
DepartmentFire Protection Engineering
  • Robert W. Fitzgerald, Advisor
  • Diane Strong, Advisor
  • David Lucht, Department Head
  • Keywords
  • firefighter
  • simulation
  • discrete event
  • Date of Presentation/Defense2000-12-21
    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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