Faculty Advisor

Barnett, Jonathan R.

Faculty Advisor

Tryggvason, Gretar


Following the work of Helbing et al, an egress modeling system was created to simulate the dynamics of crowds during evacuations. The programs MATLAB and FLUENT were used to model a group of people by representing each individual as a self-driven particle governed by a generalized force model. From these models, evacuating behaviors can be observed under basic scenarios, including movement through a square room and a narrow hallway, or the reaction to a moving or stationary thermal gradient.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2006


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Fire Protection Engineering

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering