Why Fire Modeling?
The use of fire modeling has greatly evolved since its first use in 1940’s. Today, fire modeling can help provide economic, safe, performance based designs for buildings. RAN Fire Protection Engineering uses fire models to determine the impact that specific design fires and associated smoke spread would have on structures. RAN’s employees have over 25 years of experience in developing fire models and evaluating structures to address specific code or performance needs of a client.
RAN has the know-how and practice with various types of fire models, including zone modeling, field modeling, and probabilistic modeling. Two of the main fire models that we utilize are Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) and Consolidated Model of Fire Growth and Smoke Transport (CFAST).
The RAN difference with fire modeling begins with our understanding of the theory and limitations behind the model.
RAN is able to do this because we are licensed fire protection engineers, with education and experience with the proper implementation of fire model usage. Fire models can help:
Predict fire growth
Anticipate smoke spread
Estimate detector and sprinkler activation times
Analyze occupant tenable conditions and ability to egress the building safely
Fire modeling has become an essential tool in the design of smoke control systems. It is important to use the services of knowledgeable fire protection engineers that can work hand in hand with the other trades when designing smoke control systems.
Small changes to the building can result in massive savings in system costs while still maintaining the aesthetics.