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Research Agenda for the Next Generation of Performance-Based Design Tools.

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Grosshandler, W. L.

Volume 2;

Interflam 2007. (Interflam '07). International Interflam Conference, 11th Proceedings. Volume 2. September 3-5, 2007, London, England, 1219-1230 pp, 2007.


fire safety; safety engineering; building codes; fire codes; regulations; design applications; fire protection; fire growth; combustion products; risk analysis; building design; occupants; fire research; computational fluid dynamics


Performance-based design (PBD) is practiced in many parts of the world today, and our current tools and level of understanding are adequate to support certain classes of fire safety designs; however, other significant applications exist that exceed the capabilities of these tools. Representatives from the FORUM* and invited technical experts attended a workshop to develop a vision for the next generation of performance-based design tools. Five areas were identified at the top of the list of research priorities to support this vision: (*) improvement of our ability to predict the impact of active fire protection systems on fire growth and fate of combustion products; (*) estimation of uncertainty and the means to incorporate it into hazard and risk analyses; (*) the relationship between aspects of the building design and the safety of building occupants; (*) the impact of material and geometry changes on fire growth and the fate of combustion products; (*) the prediction of the response of a structure to full building burn-out. A summary of the workshop that led to these research priorities are contained in this paper.