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Buy CEN/TR SMOKE AND HEAT CONTROL SYSTEMS – PART 5 : GUIDELINES ON FUNCTIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS AND CALCULATION. exhaust ventilation systems (published as CR ). Part 6: Specification for pressure differential systems — Kits. Part 7: Smoke control. Design approaches for smoke control. in atrium buildings. G 0 Hansell*, BSc, PhD, CEng, MCIBSE, AlFireE H P Morgan, BSc, CPhys, MlnstP, AlFireE.

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A,VH This is the area of the opening into the atrium A,”, multiplied by the square root of its height H. This accords to a face velocity across a rectangular inlet opening of about 6 ms-I.

Note however, that pressurising the atrium may ne a viable option where the atrium faqade has only relatively small leakage paths. Screens may be fixed or may descend upon smoke detection.

Sprinkler systems vs smoke control: the EN approach – FMJ

In either case, the threat to means of escape which are either within the atrium or in spaces open 1. Where sprinklers are present this will be clearly unrealistic and a value of kW for a 6 m perimeter fire may be more appropriate for designers wishing to adopt a fire-engineering approach to a design.

In Roman times the control of any smoke and hot gases that may have issued from a fire in a room adjacent to the atrium was likely to have been a simple matter. It is important to understand the basic mechanisms which control the fire condition.

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12101-55 Most fires will continue to grow larger as the layer deepens, reinforcing this effect. False ceilings Where there is an unbroken false ceiling in the fire room or balcony it must be treated as the top of the smoke layer. Thus once this temperature is passed, there is an increasing likelihood that the enn will fracture.

If the compartment is glazed or the opening is below a deep downstand then the smoke steadily deepens. Recent experience of fires in atrium buildings in the has shown the problem of flame travel internally through the atrium to be minor in comparison to that of hot and toxic gases accumulating and building down in the atrium – spreading throughout the building and affecting escape routes.

In the event of a fire, a fan of suitably larger capacity starts up and draws smoky gases into the chamber in a similar way. Figure 25 a Smoke spreading sideways beneath a projecting canopy or balcony Figure 25 b Smoke confined to a compact spill plume by channelling screens These screens must, of course, meet the wall of a compartment where it meets the balcony.

As the two values are approximately similar and the demarcation between them uncertain, then the value for all large-space rooms is taken to be 0. Please copy and paste this embed script to where you want to embed Embed Script.


It is necessary to consider four major aspects of buildings – purpose, size, separation and resistance to fire – to promote safe design. I t should be noted that the shaded areas on the graphs represent t h e onset of flashover calculated using M, and Q, appropriate to the example illustrated and a layer temperature of approximately “Cand values of mass flow lying within this band should be regarded with caution.

Minimum number of extraction points The 12110-5 of extraction points within the reservoir is important since, for any specified layer depth, there is a maximum rate at which smoky gases can enter any individual extraction point. Required ventilation rate powered exhaust A powered smoke exhaust system consists of fans and associated ductwork designed to remove the mass flow rate ,of smoke entering the smoke reservoir, and to be capable of withstanding the anticipated smoke temperatures.

On each level there is a large area situated below each balcony. The list of nomenclature used in Ej B is given on 21101-5 If the compartment is sprinklered and the water spray hits the glass, the localised heating of the glass by radiation from the fire and by the gas layer, combined with sudden cooling due to the water spray will increase the likelihood of the glass breaking.

Figure 3 Partially open atrium b The closed atrium The atrium is separated from the remainder of the building by ordinary non fire-resisting glass. For any given size of fire, an equilibrium can be reached where the quantity of gases being ej equals 12110-5 quantity entering the layer in the fire plume – no significant mixing of air occurs upwards into the base of the buoyant smoke layer. A fan-driven inlet air supply may be employed, but can give problems when mechanical extraction is used the building will usually be fairly well sealed in such circumstances.

These flow outwards below the ceiling until they reach a barrier eg the walls, or a downstand.

In the present work the following, in terms of fire area and convective heat flux, are used to illustrate the calculation procedures adopted: In this Report cellular offices are considered to be those in which the maximum room dimension is less than or equal to five times the diameter of the design fire size, and the incoming air can only enter from one direction Figure First though, it is worth reviewing the underlying principles of smoke ventilation and the general approach needed for successful design.

Thank you for interesting in our services. It is therefore important to identify the regime which applies. Even for this scenario therefore, the above value should err on the side of safety.

Such fires can either be fuel-bed-controlled fires at the base of the atrium, or fires in adjacent spaces rooms which allow smoky gases to enter the atrium.

Note that when the fire is on the floor of the atrium and is directly below the smoke layer that forms under the atrium ceiling, entrainment into the rising plume is different to entrainment into spill plumes. The principal objective of these regulations is to safeguard life by: The controls and wiring should of course be protected, to maintain the electrical supply to the fans during a fire. This requirement often makes the provision of smoke ventilation to the room of origin prohibitive or.


It is therefore likely that some of this guidance will need to be modified in the future, as the results of continued research become available. The buildings adopting these changes often have included within their design large spaces or voids, often integrated with many of the storeys.

This option has frequently been used, but is widely regarded as being architecturally restrictive. As the layer gets deeper there is less height for the plume of smoke to rise before it reaches the smoke layer, hence less air is dn entrained, wit’h the result that the temperature of the smoke layer increases with layer depth, even for a steady fire.

We need your help to maintenance this website. Figure 18 Schematic section of an atrium with balconies Some atria are designed with balconies around the perimeter of the void, serving all the rooms at that level Figure This Report will however assume the fully-involved value for design purposes as this will introduce a large safety margin to the design, in particular to the calculation of the mass flow 12101–5 leaving the room through the opening.

When the fire occurs in an office, the operation of sprinklers under the balcony will not assist 122101-5 controlling it.

Should a designer wish to examine the effect of a plume emanating from an open window in a sprinklered hotel bedroom, it would not seem unreasonable to use a value of 6 m perimeter equivalent to a single bed with a convective heat output of around kW as the design fire.

This is particularly true for double-glazed windows. It is only when the means of escape are inadequate or the 12110-5 dictating their design are violated, that the loss of life may occur. Where atria have mixed occupancies including shops then reference should be made to these documents, or specialist advice sought.

In the circumstances of an atrium it is sometimes possible to use the buoyancy of the smoky gases themselves to create the desired depressurisation effects. The smoke spreads out radially underneath the ceiling and forms a layer which deepens as the compartment begins to fill. If the false ceiling is porous to smoke, ie if it fn an appreciable free area, any smoke screens forming the smoke reservoir must be continued above the ceiling.