Smoke control handbook published
ASHRAE's "Handbook of Smoke Control Engineering" provides information on the analysis of smoke control systems.
The “Handbook of Smoke Control Engineering,” which was published by ASHRAE in cooperation with the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), the International Code Council (ICC) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), extends the tradition of the comprehensive treatment of smoke control technology, including fundamental concepts, smoke control systems, and methods of analysis. The handbook provides information needed for the analysis of design fires, including considerations of sprinklers, shielded fires and transient fuels. It is also extremely useful for practicing engineers, architects, code officials, researchers and students.
Following “Principles of Smoke Management” in 2002, this book incorporates the latest research and advances in smoke control practice into 24 chapters with more than 500 pages of in-depth guidance. New topics in the handbook are: Controls, fire and smoke control in transport tunnels and full-scale fire testing. For those getting started with the computer models CONTAM and CFAST, there are simplified instructions with examples. This is the first smoke control book with climatic data so that users will have easy-to-use weather data specifically for smoke control design for locations in the U.S., Canada and throughout the world. The book builds on earlier publications from ASHRAE and SFPE.
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