Numerical evaluation of wind-induced environment around buildings with refuge floor

Wan Ki Chow, J. Li

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Refuge floors should be provided in all buildings exceeding 25 storeys for fire safety following the Hong Kong Building Code on means of escape, and at least two opposite external walls should be open to provide adequate cross ventilation. Wind-induced flow around two adjacent rectangle-plan high-rise buildings with or without opening refuge floors were investigated by computational fluid dynamics (CFD) in this paper. The flow pattern and pressure distributions around these two buildings were addressed. The results are believed to be helpful for the proper design of the smoke control system and ventilation system in buildings.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication7th Asia-Pacific Conference on Wind Engineering, APCWE-VII
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009
Event7th Asia-Pacific Conference on Wind Engineering, APCWE-VII - Taipei, Taiwan
Duration: 8 Nov 200912 Nov 2009


Conference7th Asia-Pacific Conference on Wind Engineering, APCWE-VII


  • CFD
  • High-rise building
  • Refuge floor
  • Wind-induced flow

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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