Reports written by students and staff as part of the University of Canterbury Fire Engineering Programme

Recent Submissions

  • Incorporating refuge floors in a network model : fire engineering research report : a project. 

    Glasgow, Daryn (University of Canterbury, 2012)
    The modern urban landscape in many of the world's largest cites is increasingly becoming the domain of tall, super-tall and mega-tall buildings. These present designers and architects with a myriad of unique and challenging ...
  • Exploratory Salt Water Experiments of Balcony Spill Plume Using Laser Induced Fluorescence Technique 

    Yii, Ee Hieng (University of Canterbury. Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, 1998)
    This report investigates the potential of applying salt water modelling using the Laser Induced Fluorescence (LIF) flow visualisation technique to study balcony spill plume phenomena. A 1120 scale perspex model was used ...
  • Fire Resistance of Light Timbered Frames Walls and Floors 

    Thomas, G C (University of Canterbury. Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, 1997)
    The structural fire resistance of light timber frame walls and floors has traditionally been determined by using standard fire resistance tests to provide a Fire Resistance Rating (FRR). The required FRR was prescribed ...
  • Comparison Studies of Zone and CFD Fire Simulations 

    Lovatt, André (University of Canterbury. Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, 1998)
    Comparisons between the results of zone and computational fluid dynamics (CFD) fire model simulations have been made; the zone model used was FAST (Peacock et al., 1997) and the CFD model used was SOFIE (Welch and Rubini, ...
  • A Guideline for the Fire Design of Shopping Centres 

    McMillan, Jenny (University of Canterbury. Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, 2000)
    This report provides guidelines for the specific fire engineering design of low-rise sprinklered shopping centres in New Zealand. Shopping centres have particular attributes that contribute to fire safety, including ...
  • Fire Rated Seismic Joints 

    James, M N (University of Canterbury. Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, 2000)
    This report reviews the design, selection testing, installation and performance of fire rated seismic joints from first principles then compares this with current standards and codes of practice around the world. It ...
  • New Zealand Building Regulations Five Years Later 

    Hubbard, Dennis B.; Pastore, Timothy M. (University of Canterbury. Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, 1997)
    The objective of this Interactive Qualifying Project was to examine the educational system surrounding New Zealand's performance-based building code. This report addresses a basic history of the code and the associated ...
  • Full-Scale Testing of Fire Suppression Agents on Unshielded Fires 

    Dunn, Michael J (University of Canterbury. Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, 1998)
    A comparison is made between CAFS (compressed air Foam), HPD (High Pressure Discharge) and HPD with Class A Solution on unshielded post flashover compartment fires. Extinguishment was carried out by trained fire fighters ...
  • Fire Response of HVAC Systems in Multistorey Buildings: An Examination of the NZBC Acceptable Solutions 

    Dixon, M J (University of Canterbury. Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, 1999)
    It is recognised that smoke is the major killer in most fires. In buildings with mechanical heating, ventilation or air conditioning (HVAC) systems the traditional reaction to a fire was to shut the HVAC system down, ...
  • Risk Ranking of Buildings for Life Safety 

    Boyes, James (University of Canterbury. Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, 1997)
    A risk assessment model has been developed in the form of a checksheet using a risk ranking system to assess the fire risk of buildings in terms of life safety. This involves a simple points system which assigns scores ...
  • Full Residential-Scale Backdraft 

    Bollinger, Ivan (University of Canterbury. Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, 1995)
    This project focused on the effects of scale on the backdraft phenomena. A full residential-scale compartment was constructed using a shipping container. An extensive amount of time and effort was taken, in order to design ...
  • Sprinkler Trade Off Clauses in the Approved Documents 

    Barnes, G J (University of Canterbury. Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, 1997)
    Sprinkler trade offs are clauses in the approved documents that allow various reductions in passive protection, maximum fire cell areas or maximum path lengths where an approved sprinkler system is present. Sprinkler ...
  • Node Network Computer Modelling and a Simple Hand Calculation Compared with Contemporary High Rise Evacuation Case Study Data 

    Hay, Garth Stephen (University of Canterbury. Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, 2012)
    Tall buildings are becoming more common in the modern built environment and the method of evacuating or moving to a place of safety using the stairs is still the primary means of egress. Typically designers use tools such ...
  • Fire Fighting Water: A Review of Fire Fighting Water Requirements A New Zealand Perspective 

    Davis, Simon (University of Canterbury. Civil Engineering, 2000)
    This paper seeks to identify a linkage between the requirements for fire fighting water and building design. This paper reviews existing methods to calculate fire fighting water requirements and comments on their applicability ...
  • Fire Spread on Exterior Walls 

    Bong, Felix Nyuk Poh (University of Canterbury. Civil Engineering, 2000)
    This report describes methods of predicting heat flux exposure to external walls due to the impingement of flame issuing through a window opening. A heat transfer model was set up for the purpose of predicting the geometry ...
  • Domestic Fire Hazard in New Zealand 

    Irwin, K D J (University of Canterbury. Civil Engineering, 1997)
    This report presents features of domestic fires within New Zealand over the period 1986 to 1994 inclusive. It consists of an analysis of the New Zealand Fire Incident Reporting System (FIRS) that the Fire Service completes ...
  • Under-Ventilated Compartment Fires - A Precursor to Smoke Explosions 

    Parkes, Anthony Richard (University of Canterbury. Civil Engineering, 1996)
    Fourteen experiments were conducted at the University of Canterbury using a 1.0m x 1.0m x 1.5m compartment with liquid pool fires. They were conducted to experimentally study, in reduced scale, the conditions that exist ...
  • Smoke Explosions 

    Sutherland, B J (University of Canterbury. Civil Engineering, 1999)
    Eleven experiments were conducted at the University of Canterbury using a 1.0 metre by 1.0 metre by 1.5 metre compartment and wooden crib fires. The main objective of these experiments was to produce smoke explosions, and ...
  • Effect of Surface Area and Thickness on Fire Loads 

    Yii, H. W. (Jennifer) (University of Canterbury. Civil Engineering, 2000)
    The report reviews the effect of surface area and thickness of fire loads in predicting the value of the heat release rate. The investigation arises from current Ph. D research at the University of Canterbury identifying ...
  • The Fire Safety Design of Apartment Buildings 

    Wu, Shao-Hoong (University of Canterbury. Civil Engineering, 2001)
    In Australia and New Zealand, residential buildings have the highest number of fire fatalities each year, compared to any other occupancy type. The majority of these fatalities occur in single family dwellings, but a ...

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