CIE5131

Fire Safety Design

General introduction to the fire safety design of buildings. Emphasis on structural fire safety and regulations (national & European). Basic principles of fire safety design of buildings, consequences of fire, various options for fire safety design. Phenomenological description of the fire process, schematisation and modelling of the fire process, mechanisms of fire propagation. Material behaviour (reaction-to-fire) and structural behaviour (resistance-to-fire) and the options to quantify this behaviour. Emphasis on concrete, steel and timber structures. Smoke issues: smoke production, smoke spread and smoke control. Active measures (automatic suppression, detection). National fire regulations: Building Decree (Bouwbesluit), concept, assessment methods, principle of equivalence. European standardisation (Construction Product Directive, Eurocodes, Euroclasses). Recent developments regarding the fire design of buildings (Fire Safety Engineering).

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