Fire Protection Systems Research

A lack of information on the effectiveness of fire sprinkler systems has been noted as a limiting factor in the development of fire safety design. This paper reviews the information currently available on sprinkler effectiveness in fires. Two approaches are…
There is a challenge in designing fire safety systems in multi-functional buildings in response to antagonistic or terrorist attack. This paper develops a method for selecting and evaluating fire related scenarios, including antagonistic attack, in multi-functional buildings. The method provides…
NRIFD performed this investigation to meet the challenge of developing fire alarm and notification systems for people with hearing difficulties. It was determined that an alarm sound with a wide bandwidth, like an electromagnetic buzzer or a sweep, is more…
In 2003, a fire in the 37-story Cook County Administration Building in Chicago, Illinois resulted in six civilian fatalities and several injuries. The victims were found in a stairwell above the fire floor. To assist investigators, NIST conducted simulation using…