Experimental studies on natural smoke filling in atrium due to a shop fire

R. Huo, Wan Ki Chow, X. H. Jin, Y. Z. Li, Nai Kong Fong

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How smoke spilling out of a shop fire would fill up an atrium has been studied experimentally in this paper. Full-scale burning tests were carried out in the PolyU/USTC Atrium constructed in Hefei, China. Since balcony spill plume expressions appeared in the literature might not be applicable for a shop fire with finite width, two plume models for smoke spilling out of a shop fire inside an atrium were proposed and assessed. An equation on studying the smoke layer interface height with a two-layer approach was derived.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1185-1193
Number of pages9
JournalBuilding and Environment
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2005


  • Fire plume
  • Retail shop
  • Smoke filling
  • Ventilation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Geography, Planning and Development

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