Towards the development of design fires for residential buildings: literature review and survey results of fire loads in Canadian homes

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ConferenceInterflam 2004, 10th International Fire Science and Engineering Conference: 05 July 2004, Edinburgh, Scotland
Pages531536; # of pages: 6
Subjectdesign fires, pre-flashover, post-flashover, t-squared fires, fire loads; Design fires/Fire modeling; Fire
AbstractThis literature review was carried out to determine the range of methods used to characterize design fires. The current methods were found to be largely empirical in nature. The two main quantities used to describe design fires are the heat release rate and temperature-time profiles. The most widely used pre-flashover design fires are t<sup>2</sup> fires, whereas a host of empirical correlations are available for post-flashover design fires. The paper also presents a summary of the results of a fire load survey of living rooms in Canadian homes, which was conducted using an internet-based questionnaire. The fire load densities were found to be in the range of 100 MJ/m<sup>2</sup> to 1300 MJ/m<sup>2</sup>.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
NoteAussi disponible en français: Vers la conception d'incendies-types pour les immeubles résidentiels : analyse documentaire et résultats de l'étude des charges combustibles dans les maisons au Canada
Peer reviewedYes
NRC number46766
NPARC number20378493
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