Review on the design and scientific aspects for drencher systems in different countries

Candy M.Y. Ng, Wan Ki Chow

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For spaces without compartmentation, or where it is not possible to provide compartmentation, drencher system might be installed to prevent heat transfer from the fire zone to the adjacent areas. Spaces with large openings such as refuge floor also have this requirement. But questions had been raised on whether the drencher system is effective in providing fire safety, especially when used externally under wind environment. In this paper, design guides on this system in different countries including UK, USA and Australia are reviewed with key features reported to give a better understanding on this system. Scientific aspects are also introduced. Application to the local airport terminal buildings are demonstrated.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-335
Number of pages13
JournalArchitectural Science Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2002


  • Airport terminals
  • Drencher systems
  • Fire safety
  • Sprinklers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture

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