Faculty Advisor

Barnett, Jonathan R.

Faculty Advisor

Tryggvason, Gretar

Abstract

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.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2006

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Fire Protection Engineering

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

Advisor Program

Fire Protection Engineering

Advisor Program

Mechanical Engineering

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