Forum ProfileBack

— Forum Scope —

— Match —

— Forum Options —

Minimum search word length is 3 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

Lost password?
Size of Car Fires
September 4, 2002
5:40 am
frank castelvecchi
Forum Posts: 1411
Member Since:
June 1, 2000
sp_UserOfflineSmall Offline

There has been some research done was discusses on the SFPE mailing list a while back. A few cautions--older cars have a lower heat release rate than newer vehicles due to the increased amounts of plastics used in construciton. Have them cite a source and make sure the testing is relatively current.

With any performance based design the designer seeks to minimize the fire size because that makes the problem easier. Designing for smaller fires is like designing for lower wind speeds of a typical thunderstorm and ignoring the hurricain that is only expected every 50 years or so. At the same time you do not design for all hazards the same as structural ignores tornados in most circumstances.

The standardization of the fire loading is an unfinished part of performance based fire protection engineering--the civil engineers have their load maps and tables in their design standards. (Live wind snow earthquake)