Faculty Advisor

David Lucht

Faculty Advisor

Jonathan Barnett

Faculty Advisor

Robert Firtzgerald

Identifier

etd-11044-095637

Abstract

"The objective of this thesis is to examine the methods of barrier analysis used in the Building Fire Safety Engineering Method (BFSEM), and to develop the areas of the analysis which currently rely almost exclusively on subjective judgment rather than quantitative measures. The use of the Normalized Heat Load to quantify heat energy impact on a barrier is examined in detail. Procedures are developed which apply the properties of a normal statistical distribution to barrier failures times, for use in simplifying the construction of barrier catalog curves. A framework is also developed to help standardize the selection of barrier effectiveness factors. Finally, this thesis outlines the procedure for developing barrier performance curves to allow easy implementation of the barrier analysis into the general framework of the BFSEM. A design example is presented to illustrate the analysis procedures."

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Degree Name

MS

Department

Fire Protection Engineering

Project Type

Thesis

Date Accepted

2004-11-04

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Subjects

fire protection, fire safety, building protection, fire, Building, Fireproof, Barrier analysis

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