Low and medium power full-scale atrium fire tests and numerical validation of FDS
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SponsorsThe authors want to acknowledge the Centro Tecnológico del Metal of Murcia for the use of their test rig, the Professor J. L. Torero, T. Steinhaus, C.Abecassis-Empis, P. Reszka, W. Jahn, from the University of Edinburgh, for their technical suggestions and supervision. Simulations have been carried out at the computational facilities of the Technological Research Services of the Technical University of Cartagena (SAIT) and the University of Jaen. This work has been supported by Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia of Spain (Projects CT/G30572473, and FIT-020700-2004-25 and grant TRA2006-15015) and by the Junta de Andalucía of Spain (Project number P07-TEP-02693).
PublisherGrupo de Investigación y Desarrollo de Actuaciones Industriales (GIDAI), Universidad de Cantabria
Bibliographic CitationGUTIÉRREZ MONTES, Cándido et al. Low and medium power full-scale atrium fire tests and numerical validation of FDS. En: Advanced Research Workshop “Fire Protection and Life Safety in Buildings and Transportation Systems”, Santander 15-17 octubre 2009.
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
Fire dynamics simulator (FDS)
The inclusion of atria within modern large buildings is relative recent. These structures are important architectonical features since the 60’s. Atria are a source of discussion within the fire science community. They introduce complex designs and non conventional architectonical elements that can lead to fire environments diverging from those in current codes. Because of this, the current trend in fire safety in atria is towards performance based design. At this point, it is still necessary to improve and validate the existing numerical models. For this aim, some tests were carried out at the Murcia Fire Facility. These consist of 19 full-scale fire tests that provide with new experimental data of atrium fires. The fire size, the smoke extraction rate and make-up openings size and location were varied. At the present paper, a set of results from some of these experiments in a 20 m cubic facility are reported and discussed. Additionally, comparisons with the predicted results from Fire ...