Effectiveness of Automatic Fire Sprinklers in High Ceiling Areas & the Impact of Sprinkler Skipping
Degree GrantorUniversity of Canterbury
There is a misconception that sprinklers will offer little value in non-storage areas with high ceiling heights such as seating areas in theatres, atria in high rise buildings, auditoriums, sports arenas, school and university gymnasiums, meeting rooms in convention centres and hotels, exhibition halls, movie and television studios, casinos, concert halls and the back of stage of theatres or auditoriums. This project examines the misconception that sprinklers offer little value in non-storage areas with high ceilings, with the goal of determining whether sprinklers are effective in these areas. This project also examines the issue of sprinkler skipping, which fire testing has shown to be more pronounced for areas with higher ceiling clearances and the effect that sprinkler skipping has on the effectiveness of sprinklers in areas with high ceiling clearances.