Fire safety engineering:
Quarterly newsletter - March 2017 Monideep Dey, PhD
This newsletter from Deytec, Inc. is published every quarter to inform subscribers of developments in Fire Safety Engineering (FSE), especially on the use of international FSE standards in national fire safety regulations. Reports of the activities of ISO TC 92 SC4, Fire Safety Engineering, in which Deytec, Inc. represents the American National Standards Institute and its principal, Monideep Dey, PhD, is a Chair (Convenor), will also be included.
Importance of algebraic equations in FSE
Algebraic equations are an important tool for performance-based fire safety design, along with zone and CFD models. Dr. Kazunori Harada of the Dept. of Architecture and Architectural Engineering at Kyoto University, Japan made a presentation on Fire Safety Engineering in Japan at the ASTM E 05 Committee on Fire Safety in Orlando, Florida in December 2016.
The presentation included the history of fire safety regulation in Japan and how algebraic equations are frequently used for fire safety design. Dr. Harada also outlined an ongoing effort by the Architectural Institute of Japan (AIJ) to develop a Handbook on Design Calculation Methods of Fire Behavior which will include a suite of algebraic equations that can be used for fire safety design.
41st Meeting of ISO TC 92 SC 4, Fire Safety Engineering
Plum blossoms with Mount Fuji in background, Tsukuba, JAPAN
The 41st meeting of ISO TC 92 SC 4 will be held in Tsukuba, JAPAN on March 27-31, 2017. Several important topics will be discussed.
A proposed revision of ISO 23932, the main ISO document for FSE will be discussed. Specifically, the links between ISO FSE documents will be shown to provide users with a roadmap of ISO documents available for FSE. A plan to improve the user frienddliness of the ISO website to search for ISO FSE documents will also be discussed.
A proposed ISO standard for Design Calculation Methods based on the AIJ initiative discussed above will also be discussed. Preliminary planning for guidance documents for CFD calculations and design of fire tests for validating fire calculation methods are on the agenda, plus a standard for Verification and validation protocol for building fire evacuation models.
A proposal for a new work item for a Unified International Standard that covers prescriptive and performance-based fire safety design will be presented at the meeting.