Scale modelling studies on smoke movement in vertical shafts of tall buildings

J. Zhu, R. Huo, Wan Ki Chow

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There is growing interest in understanding fire spreading in a vertical shaft for very tall buildings in the Far East. Experimental study on smoke movement induced by buoyancy in a model will be reported in this paper. A series of experiments had been performed in a 1/10 scale model of typical vertical shafts in China. Six scenarios were set up by varying the ventilation conditions by opening different side wall and top vents at the shaft. The smoke temperature and concentrations of carbon monoxide in the shaft model were measured. Those are useful to justify the reduction of buoyancy in the vertical shaft. Measured results are compared with numerical simulation with Computational Fluid Dynamics. Relations of buoyancy reduction and the toxic gases concentrations are studied.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2007 Proceedings of the ASME/JSME Thermal Engineering Summer Heat Transfer Conference - HT 2007
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007
Event2007 ASME/JSME Thermal Engineering Summer Heat Transfer Conference, HT 2007 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
Duration: 8 Jul 200712 Jul 2007


Conference2007 ASME/JSME Thermal Engineering Summer Heat Transfer Conference, HT 2007
CityVancouver, BC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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