The NIST Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) was used to analyze the effects of implementing an automatic sprinkler system in a library. An initial simulation was run using a point source ignition of 10kW, which indicated that FDS was not accurate in modeling fire spread. This resulted in the use of gas burners with constant heat release rates. Results indicated that the sprinklers retarded temperature rise, which increased the available egress time and the period of structural integrity for the supporting columns.
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