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The investigation of fire hazards in buildings using stochastic modelling

Odigie, Daniel (2000) The investigation of fire hazards in buildings using stochastic modelling. PhD thesis, Victoria University of Technology.

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This research investigates the spread of fire and smoke in buildings as well as occupant egress. There are existing deterministic models for these. While deterministic models provide averages of a process, stochastic models give the broad spectrum of all possible scenarios of the process giving the distribution function. The spread of smoke was first modelled by adding a noise component to the equation of an existing deterministic model. Later a deterministic model was developed and stochastic expressions derived using the Markov chain methodology. Though the Markov chain is a discrete process, it was used in approximating smoke spread which is a continuous process. The spread of fire was investigated using network analysis. Various methods of modelling the spread of a phenomenon in a network were compared.

Item Type: Thesis (PhD thesis)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fire prevention, Fire investigation, Stochastic analysis, fire hazards, smoke, fire spread, deterministic model, network analysis
Subjects: FOR Classification > 1204 Engineering Design
FOR Classification > 0401 Atmospheric Sciences
Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > Centre for Environmental Safety and Risk Engineering (CESARE)
Depositing User: VU Library
Date Deposited: 06 Aug 2010 03:55
Last Modified: 23 May 2013 16:44
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