FIRE ENGINEERING ANALYSIS AND AVAILABLE SAFE EGRESS TIME

SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 40.00
ECTS Credit Points 20.00
Module Code M2H120263
Module Leader John Kevin Day
School School of Computing, Engineering and Built Environment
Subject Civil Engineering and Environmental Management
Trimesters
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)-C (May start)

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to provide students with a qualitative understanding of the principles underlying the growth and development of compartment fires sufficient to analyse simple compartment fires utilising standard fire engineering calculations and computer zone models in the context of a performance based regulatory framework. The module covers the key factors that influence fire growth and development and the application of fire models to estimate the development of critical conditions in compartments. The module covers, with reference to fire safety, the regulatory and design issues associated with prescriptive and performance based regulatory frameworks

Syllabus

The processes, and products, of the ignition and combustion of materials are examined qualitatively with reference to: the factors which influence fire growth and development and smoke production in compartment fires, standard fire engineering calculations and computer zone models used in fire engineering analysis. The factors that influence the definition of fire scenarios, and associated input parameters, in fire engineering analyses are explored through the application of standard fire engineering calculations and computer zone models to estimate the development of critical conditions in compartments with particular reference to Available Safe Egress Time (ASET). The implications of using fire engineering to demonstrate the acceptability of design proposals are explored in the context of prescriptive and performance based regulatory frameworks The module examines a range of standard fire tests and the problems associated with predicting the fire performance of materials and constructions in situ.

Learning Outcomes

1 - Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this module the student should be able to:Explain, in qualitative terms, the processes of ignition, fire growth and development and smoke production Discuss, in qualitative terms, the factors which influence the processes of ignition, fire growth and development and smoke production Explain the basis of standard fire engineering calculations and computer zone modelsDescribe standard fire tests for materials and constructions and understand their limitationsRecognise the key factors that influence fire growth and development and smoke production for simple spatial configurations to identify the appropriate fire scenarios for detailed analysisApply standard fire engineering calculations and computer zone models to the analysis of fire scenarios

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The learning activities focus on student engagement through practical, problem solving exercises developed from 'real world' case studies. The key themes introduced in lecture sessions, and through directed reading, are explored through tutorial discussion, individual/group exercises and the fire laboratory session. Tutorial discussions and exercises allow students to reflect on their own and other students learning and understanding and on different approaches to problem solving. The Flexible and Distributed learning strategy is based on student attendance at the Scottish Fire Services College for 5 day blocks (lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions) combined with distance learning supported on GCU Learn (discussion groups, learning and reference materials). Learning and teaching strategies will be developed and implemented, appropriate to students' needs, to enable all students to participate fully in the programme.

Indicative Reading

Fire from First Principles, Stollard and Abrahams, E & FN Spon, 2004 (ebook) Enclosure Fire Dynamics Karlsson & Quintiere, CRC Press, 1999 (online book) Additional reading - Enclosure Fires, Lars-Goran Bengtsson, Swedish Rescue Services Agency, 2001 (online book) Various Journals as directed e.g. Fire Safety Journal; Fire Technology; Fire Protection Engineering; Fire Risk Management.

Transferrable Skills

On successful completion of this module the student should have enhanced the following transferable skills: cognitive/intellectual skills problem solving skills knowledge and understanding in the context of the subject independent working skills group working skills IT skills communication skills

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 280.00
Practicals (PT) 36.00
Assessment (FT) 48.00
Lectures (FT) 18.00
Practicals (FT) 36.00
Tutorials (PT) 18.00
Lectures (PT) 18.00
Assessment (PT) 48.00
Independent Learning (FDL) 400.00
Independent Learning (PT) 280.00
Tutorials (FT) 18.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 3 n/a 30.00 35% Project
Exam (School) n/a 30.00 35% Class Test
Coursework 1 n/a 10.00 35% Lab Report
Coursework 2 n/a 30.00 35% Modelling