Short notes on internal voids in highrise buildings - are they safe in a fire?

Wan Ki Chow

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Internal voids are now commonly found in new highrise buildings. There are concerns on fire safety associated with their design. Two aspects are pointed out in this short note:||- Fire aspects of a room such as kitchen or bathroom opened to an internal void.||- Spread of smoke from the fire level to adjacent levels.||Fire models including Computational Fluid Dynamics are used for the analysis.||Preliminary results indicated that further studies, including full-scale burning tests, should be carried out to investigate the potential fire hazard.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-17
Number of pages3
JournalInternational journal on architectural science (建築科學國際期刊)
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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