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Title: FIRE SAFETY IN MODERN WAREHOUSES - CASE STUDY OF A 10-STOREY WAREHOUSE DEVELOPMENT WITH COMMERCIAL USES
Authors: KOH WEN YAN
Keywords: Building
PFM
Project and Facilities Management
Chew Yit Lin Michael
2014/2015 PFM
Issue Date: 8-Jan-2015
Citation: KOH WEN YAN (2015-01-08). FIRE SAFETY IN MODERN WAREHOUSES - CASE STUDY OF A 10-STOREY WAREHOUSE DEVELOPMENT WITH COMMERCIAL USES. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Fire strategies in modern warehouses have been challenged greatly, due to greater and higher storage, automated systems and hazardous materials. Besides, warehouses have evolved as multi-usage developments and are located closer to residents, such that life safety becomes more critical. This leads to a need to re-assess the fire safety standards in modern warehouses. Simulations are conducted with PyroSim and Pathfinder to predict the heat and smoke buildup and the evacuation process, so as to evaluate the ability of the facility in ensuring maximum life safety and properties protection. Two fire scenarios are examined; kitchen’s fire (third storey) and data centre’s fire (fourth storey) to demonstrate the fire impact within a commercial and warehousing space respectively. Findings show that the fires in both scenarios have been confined to its origin, such that temperatures in other rooms maintain cool. Property damages are thus kept low in the absence of extreme temperature. Properties placed on the storage’s upper tiers may however have higher risks of damage due to the accumulation of hot smoke under the ceiling. Besides, all occupants have escaped smoothly as the fires are confined. Nonetheless, it is important for all occupants to evacuate from the fire floors within 300 seconds before they are engulfed by dense smoke. Thankfully, this is achieved as all occupants on the fire floors are evacuated by 191 and 226 seconds in the two scenarios. It is thus concluded that adequate protection is provided within modern warehouses to ensure maximum life safety and properties protection.
URI: https://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/222234
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