Fire hazard assessment of combustibles in big terminals

Wan Ki Chow

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It is observed that some big terminal buildings were functioning as more than just a passenger terminal, leading to the placing of combustibles in the big hall. For example, polyurethane sofas were put in areas providing catering services. A preliminary fire hazard assessment based on the identified scenario on burning those combustibles will be reported in this paper. Hazard assessment included studying the heat release rate, smoke filling in the hall and the air temperature distribution. Full-scale burning tests, empirical equations on key parameters and computational fluid dynamics are used. It is not good practice to close businesses in this economic climate. Therefore, remedial actions such as spraying fire retardant coatings which can stand higher radiative heat fluxes in case of accidental fire, and implementing appropriate fire safety management are recommended.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)66-75
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Risk Assessment and Management
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2005


  • fire hazard
  • fire model
  • heat release rate
  • transport terminal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Business and International Management
  • Statistics, Probability and Uncertainty
  • Management Science and Operations Research


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