technical seminar

Ventilation Systems (artificial and natural) - 24 July 2020

  • Essential requirements - the hazards of smoke
  • Critical conditions for temperature -  design values
  • Condition for flashover
  • Fire classes
  • Steady-state fires — not sprinklered
  • Steady state fires — sprinklered
  • T-square fires
  • Fuel bed-controlled fires
  • Axisymmetric plume/s
  • Design principles of a smoke management system
  • Systems intended to protect the area in which the fire/s start/s
  • Plumes above large fires
  • Smoke layer temperatures
  • Minimum number of smoke ventilators
  • Area of natural ventilators required
  • Required ventilation rate powered ventilation
  • Maximum dimensions for smoke reservoirs

Sprinkler Systems - 10 July 2020

  • Importance of a fire sprinkler system
  • Advantages and disadvantages
  • Component functions
  • Inspection process
  • Action upon activation of a sprinkler system​

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