Fire Risk Assessment of Combustible Exterior Cladding Using a Collective Numerical Database
AbstractRecent high-profile building fires involving highly-combustible external cladding panels in Australia as well as Dubai, China, and the United Kingdom have created a heightened awareness by the public, government, and commercial entities to act on the risks associated with non-compliant building structures. In this paper, a database of fire events involving combustible aluminium composite panels was developed based on (i) review of relevant major fire events in Australia and other countries, and (ii) numerical simulation of the ignitability, fire spread, and toxic emissions associated with composite panels. Through the application of large-eddy-simulation (LES)-based computational fire field models, the associated risks for a standardized two-storey building with external cladding was considered in this study. A total of sixteen simulation cases with different initial sizes of the fire and different air cavity widths in the exterior cladding assembly were examined to investigate the tolerable situations and their influences. It was discovered that for most cases, with an initial fire size greater than 400 kW/m−2, the fire will spread from the first to second floor before the allowed egress time period. View Full-Text
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Chen, T.B.Y.; Yuen, A.C.Y.; Yeoh, G.H.; Yang, W.; Chan, Q.N. Fire Risk Assessment of Combustible Exterior Cladding Using a Collective Numerical Database. Fire 2019, 2, 11.
Chen TBY, Yuen ACY, Yeoh GH, Yang W, Chan QN. Fire Risk Assessment of Combustible Exterior Cladding Using a Collective Numerical Database. Fire. 2019; 2(1):11.Chicago/Turabian Style
Chen, Timothy B.Y.; Yuen, Anthony C.Y.; Yeoh, Guan H.; Yang, Wei; Chan, Qing N. 2019. "Fire Risk Assessment of Combustible Exterior Cladding Using a Collective Numerical Database." Fire 2, no. 1: 11.
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