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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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Means of escape in case of fire was first introduced to the Building Regulations for England and Wales in This special case of fires on the atrium floor is discussed later on page This is similar to the procedure used in multi-storey shopping complexesI6. Current advice regarding pressurisation system design33recommends a maximum pressure 121015 across a door of 60 Pa.

While this code is in many ways very comprehensive and broader in purpose than the present Report, some of the approaches used differ from alternatives with which UK designers are more familiar, or are more approximate than methods currently used by the Fire Research Station. This flow is driven by the buoyancy of the smoke.

The pressure difference across any small opening on to the route must be large enough to offset adverse pressures caused by wind, building stack effect and fire buoyancy. For a plain opening with no downstand obstruction Figure 14Dd can be considered as the rise of the plume beyond the balcony edge.

Should a different design fire be considered for whatever reason, the equations, figures, etc given here may no longer apply, and advice should be sought from experts. This balcony 1101-5 can then be provided with its own extraction system.

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We need your help! Throughflow ventilation Smoke ventilation throughflow ventilation is used when the fire is in the same space as the people, contents or escape routes being protected, without it filling that space. Occasionally circumstances dictate that smoke control 121001-5 to each room in this way is the most viable option for protecting the atrium this can occur, for example, when the room layout is of a large area, is predominantly open-plan and open-fronted.

It is important to understand the basic mechanisms which control the fire condition.

Where very large or physically extensive ventilators are used eg a long intake grill in the side of a horizontal duct an alternative method is possible. This suggests that inflow airspeeds should not usually exceed 5 ms-I. When ventilating compartments directly, if the faiade is normally sealed then facilities should be provided for the necessary quantity of replacement air to be supplied to the fire room automatically. Where the smoke layer is contained wholly within the room of origin by a smoke control system and has a large area, the sprinklers will cool the smoke layer further.


A system using natural ventilators depends on the buoyancy of the hot gases to expel smoke through the Table 1 Volume flow rate and temperature of gases from a 1 MW fire including cooling within room of origin Mass flow rate Mass rate of extraction kgs-9 Temperature of gases above ambient. The air supply must also be large enough to produce a velocity sufficient to hold back smoke at any large opening on to the pressurised space.

As the fire grows and declines, the mismatch in volume between the inlet air and the extracted fire-warmed air will also change. There has been no readily usable guidance available to designers of atrium smoke control systems within the UK.

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Table 4, which is subsequently modified based on experimental A J M Heselden, Fire Research Station; private communication,lists the minimum numbers needed for different reservoir conditions and for a variety of mass flow rates being extracted from the ventilators in the reservoir. 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.

Where there is sufficient fuel within the compartment for the entire compartment to become involved, the layer temperature will rapidly rise to flame temperature, very approximately K “C. Similarly, where smoke is collected within a balcony reservoir adjacent to sprinklered offices, operation of sprinklers under the balconies 1201-5 lead to increased heat loss reducing the buoyancy of smoke, which in turn can contribute to a progressive loss of visibility under the smoky layer.

It can be shown that the following scale-independent formula can be used to approximate Figure When, however, smoke is able to flow unrestricted under a horizontal projection, eg a balcony, it will flow forwards towards the balcony edge, and laterally sideways.

Screens may be 1210-5 or may descend upon smoke detection. Alternatively, this further cooling and the consequent contraction of smoky gases can be approximately estimated on the basis of an average value between the sprinkler operating temperature and the calculated.


An accurate assessment of the mass flow rate and heat flux from a room fire will allow the potential for flashover to be estimated, and thence whether additional precautionary measures are required, eg sprinklers. Required ventilation rate powered exhaust A powered smoke exhaust system consists of fans and associated ductwork designed to remove eb mass flow rate ,of smoke entering the smoke reservoir, and to be capable of withstanding the anticipated smoke temperatures.

We need your help to maintenance this website. Therefore if the extent of sprinkler coolirig is overestimated, the system could be underdesigned.

Such a system is likely to work best with further extraction distributed within the fire room, which for a sprinklered room may possibly be provided by the normal ventilation extraction system the normal ventilation input and recirculation of air being stopped or, for an unsprinklered room, by a partial smoke exhaust system.

Hence there is an increased risk to other levels of the entry of smoke, toxic gases and possibljl flames from a fire. As the smoke flows through the room opening into the atrium space it will either: Therefore the role of a smoke control system is principally one of life safety. See the section on exhaust slots ‘Slit extract’ on page The plenum chamber should not be larger in area than its associated smoke reservoir.

The permeable ceiling ought not to interfere appreciably with the flow of smoke from the fire to the smoke ventilation openings above the false ceiling. As described above, the final mass flow entering the layer is a function of four initial parameters, one of which is the plume width at the balcony edge. The atrium space generally has no functional use other than as a circulation area Figure 1. Smoke removed from these lower level reservoirs should usually be ducted to outside the building but can be ducted into the ceiling reservoir of the atrium Figure