Faculty Advisor

Robert W. Fitzgerald

Faculty Advisor

Diane Strong

Faculty Advisor

David Lucht

Identifier

etd-1220100-153824

Abstract

"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. "

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Degree Name

PhD

Department

Fire Protection Engineering

Project Type

Dissertation

Date Accepted

2000-12-20

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Subjects

firefighter, simulation, discrete event

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