International Collaborative Fire Modeling Project (ICFMP) Summary of Benchmark Exercises No. 1 to 5.
International Collaborative Fire Modeling Project
(ICFMP) Summary of Benchmark Exercises No. 1 to 5.
Rowekamp, M.; Dreisbach, J.; Kelin-Hessling, W.;
McGrattan, K. B.; Miles, S.; Plys, M.; Riese, O.
ICFMP Summary Report; GRS-227; 132 p. September 2008.
fire models; nuclear power plants; fire hazard analysis;
fire risk assessment; evaluation; validation; databases;
scenarios; information dissemination; fire protection;
specifications; regulations; fire protection engineering
This document was developed in the frame of the
'International Collaborative Project to Evaluate Fire
Models for Nuclear Power Plant Applications' (ICFMP).
The objective of this collaborative project is to share
the knowledge and resources of various organizations to
evaluate and improve the state of the art of fire models
for use in nuclear power plant fire safety, fire hazard
analysis and fire risk assessement. The project is
divided into two phases. The objective of the first
phase is to evaluate the capabilities of current fire
models for fire safety analysis in nuclear power plants.
The second phase will extend the validation database of
those models and implement beneficial improvements to
the models that are identified in the first phase of
ICFMP. In the first phase, more than 20 expert
institutions from six countries were represented in the
collaborative project. This Summary Report gives an
overview on the results of the first phase of the
international collaborative project. The main objective
of the project was to evaluate the capability of fire
models to analyze a variety of fire scenarios typical
for nuclear power plants (NPP). The evaluation of the
capability of fire models to analyze these scenarios was
conducted through a series of in total five
international Benchmark Exercises. Different types of
models were used by the participating expert
institutions from five countries. The technical
information that will be useful for fire model users,
developers and further experts is summarized in this
document. More detailed information is provided in the
corresponding technical reference documents for the
ICFMP Benchmark Exercises
No. 1 to 5. The objective of these exercises was not to
compare the capabilities and strengths of specific
models, address issues specific to a model, nor to
recommend specific models over others. This document is
not intended to provide guidance to users of fire
on the use of fire models is currently being developed
by several national and international standards
organizations, industry groups, and utilities. This
document is intended to be a source and reference for
technical information and insights gained through the
exercises conducted, and provided by the experts
participating in this project. This information may be
beneficial to users of fire models and developers of
guidance documents or standards for the use of fire
models in nuclear power plant applications.