Risk Analysis in Building Fire Safety Engineering
Routledge – 2006 – 202 pages
This book bridges the gap between risk assessment and fire safety engineering like few other resources.
As all required knowledge for Probability and Statistics for Fire Engineering is included in the preliminary chapters, the book is suitable for teaching Fire Engineering components in a wide range of engineering courses for senior graduates and for postgraduate students of Fire Engineering. It will also serve as a comprehensive reference for professionals.
This book describes the theory and the models involved in risk analysis, and includes case studies of multiple fire scenarios. Building fire safety and human behavioural responses to these scenarios show the benefits of risk-based fire safety design.
General description of building fires, elements of probability theory; BETA reliability index; the Monte Carlo method; event and fault trees; performance based optimal design; risk analysis of fire initiation; personal factors in a fire; probabilistic modelling of barrier resistance; a stochastic fire growth model; a stochastic model of smoke spread; a stochastic model for human behaviour; performance assessment of fire safety systems; stochastic modelling of fire brigade response; Case study: risk analysis of an assembly hall; Case study: the building at 140 William Street