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    • Bench Scale Testing of Light Timber Frame Walls 

      Olsson, Per Ake (University of Canterbury. Civil Engineering, 1998)
      Wood studs protected with gypsum plasterboards have been tested in the cone calorimeter to investigate the possibility of using a conical radiator to predict furnace behaviour for light timber frame walls. Other phenomena, ...
    • Characterising a Design Fire for a Deliberately Lit Fire Scenario 

      Richards, Paul Leonard Edward (University of Canterbury. Civil Engineering, 2008)
      Deliberately lit fires make up over 15% of all fires in New Zealand buildings yet they are typically omitted from the design brief for fire engineering purposes. This report examines where deliberately lit fires should ...
    • Charring Rates for Different Cross Sections of Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) 

      Tsai, Wei-heng (University of Canterbury. Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, 2010)
      Current research at the University of Canterbury is investigating the performance of a new type of timber floor system made of a timber-concrete composite. This newly proposed timber floor system uses double LVL members ...
    • Class A Foam Water Sprinkler Systems 

      Hipkins, David B (University of Canterbury. Civil Engineering, 1999)
      Class A foam is often used in the suppression of wildland and structural fires, with manual application methods. This report examines the feasibility of utilising class A foam extinguishing medium in automatic wet pipe ...
    • The Combustion Behaviour of Upholstered Furniture Materials in New Zealand 

      Denize, Hamish (University of Canterbury. Civil Engineering, 2000)
      This Research Project evaluates the combustion severity of New Zealand upholstered furniture materials. Experimental combustion tests on typical upholstered furniture fabric and polyurethane foam combinations form the basis ...
    • A Comparison of Data Reduction Techniques for Zone Model Validation 

      Weaver, Simon (University of Canterbury. Civil Engineering, 2000)
      To validate zone models from experimental data, the experimental data needs to be reduced to a form which is compatible with the zone model. Two parameters in zone modelling which experimental data needs to be reduced to ...
    • Comparison of flame spread measurements using the ASTM E 1321 LIFT and a reduced scale adaptation of the cone calorimeter apparatus 

      Merryweather, Geoffrey James (University of Canterbury. Civil Engineering, 2006)
      A full-scale ASTM E 1321 Lateral ignition and Flame Transport (LIFT) apparatus was constructed and compared with a Reduced scale Ignition and Flame spread Test apparatus (RIFT) adaptation of the cone calorimeter in the ...
    • A Comparison of the Level of Safety of Compliant Buildings: New Zealand Building Code Approved Document (C/AS1) Compared to the South African Deemed-To-Satisfy Standard (SANS 10400)– Fire Safety 

      Reddin, Peter Jeffery (University of Canterbury. Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, 2010)
      “Are South African Buildings as Safe as New Zealand Buildings?” A person going into or using a building anywhere in the world has certain expectations as to the perceived and acceptable level of risk to life safety. There ...
    • 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, ...
    • Contribution of Upholstered Furniture to Residential Fire Fatalities in New Zealand 

      Wong, Chelsia (University of Canterbury. Civil Engineering, 2001)
      This report examines the features of fatal residential fire incidents involving upholstered furniture in New Zealand over the period of 1996 to 2000. Included in this report is an analysis of the New Zealand Fire Service ...
    • Data Structures and Reduction Techniques for Fire Tests 

      Tobeck, Daniel (University of Canterbury. Civil Engineering, 2007)
      To perform fire engineering analysis, data on how an object or group of objects burn is almost always needed. This data should be collected and stored in a logical and complete fashion to allow for meaningful analysis ...
    • Design for Escape from Fire 

      Garrett, Ian J (University of Canterbury. Civil Engineering, 1999)
      Providing safe means of escape from fire requires more than just having a designated route out of a building. It is shown that the conditions relating to the fire, the building characteristics and the number, distribution ...
    • Determining Realistic Loss Estimates for Rack Storage Warehouse Fires 

      Porter, Timothy Miller (University of Canterbury. Civil Engineering, 2006)
      At present there is no simple, yet scientifically robust method for calculating insurance loss estimates due to a fire. Therefore building owners and insurers can not make suitably informed decisions when selecting fire ...
    • Distribution Curves for Interior Furnishings on CO2, CO, HCN, Soot and Heat of Combustion 

      Hou, Yih-Pying (University of Canterbury. Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, 2011)
      The purpose of this research is to develop a dataset for some of the most important fire characteristics, namely CO2 yield, CO yield, HCN yield, soot yield and heat of combustion for probabilistic analysis and modelling. ...
    • 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 ...
    • Effect of Safety Factors on Timed Human Egress Simulations 

      Crawford, Kenneth (University of Canterbury. Civil Engineering, 1999)
      This report covers the effect of safety factors on the time taken for humans to escape a building where fire has initiated. Monte Carlo simulation is used to determine the probability of failure to escape in a given fire ...
    • Effect of Support Conditions on Steel Beams Exposed of Fire 

      Seputro, Jenny (University of Canterbury. Civil Engineering, 2001)
      The performance of steel structures at elevated temperature is determined by many factors. This report describes the analytical investigation of a single span steel beam using the nonlinear finite element program, SAFIR. ...
    • 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 Effectiveness of the Domestic Smoke Alarm Signal 

      Duncan, Christine (University of Canterbury. Civil Engineering, 1999)
      This research set out to determine if the signal from an inexpensive domestic smoke alarm is effective at providing early warning to a fire. An experiment was devised to investigate the effectiveness of the inexpensive ...
    • Evacuation Timing Computations Using Different Evacuation Models 

      Tan, Yong Kiang (University of Canterbury. Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, 2011)
      In New Zealand, a new method of specific design, Verification Method 2 (C/VM2) has been proposed to be used for fire safety compliance. Previous researchers have investigated different fire parameters and their applications. ...