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While it is possible that this may also be true for cellular offices employing fast-response sprinklers, there is no evidence experimental or empirical to validate this, and so, to err on the side of safety, this Report will regard sprinklered offices employing fast-response sprinklers 12110-5 the same way as offices using conventional sprinklers. Such air inflows through doors in public buildings could hinder Dg fm Figure 21 Local deepening at a transverse barrier Chapter 12101–5 Smoke ventilation within the atrium Smoke movement in the atrium When the smoke and heat cannot, for various reasons, be confined and removed from the room of origin or associated balcony space, the use of ‘throughflow’ or steady-state ventilation from the atrium itself is usually considered.

The guidance is based on results of research where possible, including as yet unpublislied results of experiments, but also on the cumulative experience of design 1210-5 required for regulatory purposes of many individual smoke control proposals. It can be shown that the following scale-independent formula can be used to approximate Figure As a consequence, with adequate validation, this type of ne should have a wide applicability.

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In this case the system would be underdesigned if the sprinkler cooling 121015 underestimated. If the false ceiling is porous to smoke, ie if it has an appreciable free area, any smoke screens forming the smoke reservoir must be continued above the ceiling. This is sometimes known as ‘plugholing’. The smoke layer temperature can thereafter be assumed to be approximately equal to the sprinkler operating For powered extract systems the cooling effect of sprinklers can be ignored in determining the volume extract rate required.

If 121001-5 fire can be accidentally or deliberately vented externally then the threat to other levels via the atrium is greatly reduced. Figure 3 Fn open atrium b The closed atrium The atrium is separated from the remainder of the building by ordinary non fire-resisting glass.


This is explained in more detail in Chapter 5. The purpose of this Report is to provide guidance to assist designers of smoke control systems in atrium buildings in line with current knowledge. This will also occur when 12101- is a vertical surface immediately above any rotation point into the void. The plenum chamber should not be larger in area than its associated smoke reservoir. This assumption allows the smoke control system to cater for all fires within the accepted design fire size, and by not considering the growth phase of the fire, introduces a significant margin of safety to the system design.

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The intention is to keep the smoke in the upper reaches of the building, leaving clean air near the floor to allow people to move freely. Research in this area is highly desirable. Recent research32into the ability of rn to move through an exit against an opposing airflow has shown 12101-55 movement is not impeded for 1101-5 below 5 ms-‘, and is not seriously impeded below 10 ms-‘ although some discomfort was reported at these higher airspeeds.

A step-by-step history of a growing fire may be as follows: For a plain opening with no downstand obstruction Figure 14Dd can be considered as the rise of the plume beyond the balcony edge.

I Figure 20 Under-balcony smoke reservoir venting into an atrium ej reservoir Entrainment into smoke flows from compartments is being studied If this gas temperature or lower cannot be achieved then consideration should be given to: Clearly, the void edge screens must be deep enough to contain not only the established layer, but also the additional local deepening outside the room on fire.

The quantity of smoky gases produced ie the mass flow rate of gases in and from the compartment, and the energy heat flux contained therein are different for both regimes. Various design fires have been suggested for occupancies associated rn atria.

The provision of replacement air to a system employing balcony reservoirs is far easier, provided the balconies are open to the atrium. The surface of the plume in contact with the ambient atmosphere in the atrium will cause additional air to be entrainedI Figure 23 Throughflow ventilation of the atrium ’21 I into it Figure 24 a.

At the time of writing, values of Cd for intermediate depth downstands cannot be stated with confidence for the wide range of geometries to be found in practice. This Report is the culmination of a long-running collaborative project between the Fire Research Station of the Building Research Establishment and Colt International Limited on aspects of smoke movement and its control in atrium buildings.


There have been several examples of this. Where the smoke flows beyond a downstand or lower ceiling level in the form of a plume of height Dd Figure 13 a arid 13 bit has been shown23that the height of rise of the plume has an effect on the rate of flow of smoke leaving the opening.

The quantities of airhandling plant required will exceed the size of smoke ventilation systems for many typical atrium room openings. Where atria have mixed occupancies including shops then reference should be made to these documents, or specialist advice sought. Larger chambers should be subdivided by smoke screens extending the full height 12110-5 the chamber and below the false ceiling to form a complete smoke reservoir below.

False ceilings Where there is an unbroken false ceiling in the fire room or balcony it must be treated as the top of the smoke layer. In general however, the worst condition to be catered for is a fire in an adjacent room on the lowest level, as 4 – Inlet Furthermore, when considering an unsprinklered office occupancy, there exists the potential for flashover to occur and for the entire floor to become involved in fire.

It is therefore important to identify the regime which applies. The pressure drop 12101–5 may be increased if the population of the building is adult and physically fit, to perhaps Pa 8 ms-I.

The design of enn compartmentation and separation has been largely empirical, and the concepts gradually refined and enhanced in such a way that the Building Regulations now cover primarily life safety and the protection of means of escape.

There is no information available to show how Equation 1 or any current alternatives should be modified to allow for the effects of sprinkler spray interactions.