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CIVL8030 - Fire Safety Engineering

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Title:Fire Safety Engineering
Long Title:Fire Safety Engineering
Module Code:CIVL8030
 
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Civil Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2018/19 ( September 2018 )
Module Delivered in 4 programme(s)
Next Review Date: September 2023
Module Coordinator: DES WALSH
Module Author: Andrew Macilwraith
Module Description: This module analyses fire safety engineering of buildings, including fire development both within the compartment of origin, and spread of fire or hot gases outside of that compartment. Comparisons with prescriptive standards for residential and industrial buildings will also be examined. Probabilistic risk assessment will also be used in fire safety appraisal design.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Explore and analyse fire development within the room of origin
LO2 Analyse and explain the spread of fire and gas beyond the room of origin
LO3 Carry out comparative analysis, using both fire safety engineering design and prescriptive code design, on residential and industrial buildings
LO4 Use probabilistic techniques to analyse the comparative fire safety of a building
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations
This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is strongly recommended before enrolment in this module. You may enrol in this module if you have not acquired the recommended learning but you will have considerable difficulty in passing (i.e. achieving the learning outcomes of) the module. While the prior learning is expressed as named CIT module(s) it also allows for learning (in another module or modules) which is equivalent to the learning specified in the named module(s).
No recommendations listed
Incompatible Modules
These are modules which have learning outcomes that are too similar to the learning outcomes of this module. You may not earn additional credit for the same learning and therefore you may not enrol in this module if you have successfully completed any modules in the incompatible list.
No incompatible modules listed
Co-requisite Modules
No Co-requisite modules listed
Requirements

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed. You may not enrol on this module if you have not acquired the learning specified in this section.

A level 7 degree (or higher) in engineering or architecture or in an equivalent building construction related disciple
Co-requisites
No Co Requisites listed
 

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Fire development within an enclosure
Analyses of time to flashover, fire growth rates, effects of suppression, heat release rates, and calorific values
Fire & smoke spread outside initial fire enclosure
Analyses of smoke containment, plume shape, stratification of smoke, optical density of smoke, and mechanisms of fire spread.
Fire safety of residential and industrial buildings
Fire safety engineering comparisons with prescriptive standards for residential and industrial buildings
Probabilistic fire safety risk assessments
Analyses of fire safety risks using, probabilistic risk assessment, comparative and absolute analysis, event tree and fault tree analysis, survivor probability distributions and damage areas after flashover
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work25.00%
End of Module Formal Examination75.00%
Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Written Report Prepare a 1500 word report on a given fire engineering topic 1,2,3,4 25.0 Week 9
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam Open book written examination 1,2,3,4 75.0 End-of-Semester
Reassessment Requirement
Repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will consist of a repeat examination. It is possible that there will also be a requirement to be reassessed in a coursework element.

The institute reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment

 

Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Presentation of course material 2.5 Every Week 2.50
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Tutorial using worked examples 0.5 Every Week 0.50
Independent Learning Reflective learning - student reads recommended texts and practices worked examples 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Presentation of course material 2.5 Every Week 2.50
Lecturer-Supervised Learning (Contact) Tutorial using worked examples 0.5 Every Week 0.50
Independent Learning Reflective learning - student reads recommended texts and practices worked examples 4.0 Every Week 4.00
Total Hours 7.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 7.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 3.00
 

Module Resources

Recommended Book Resources
  • British Standards Institution 2003, PD7974:Part 1: 2003 - Application of fire engineering principles to the design of buildings: Part 1: Initiation and development of fire within the enclosure of origin (Sub-system 1)., BSI Publications London [ISBN: 9780580411953]
  • British Standards Institution 2002, PD7974:Part 2: 2002 - Application of fire engineering principles to the design of buildings: Part 2: Spread of smoke and toxic gases within and beyond the enclosure of origin (Sub-system 2)., BSI Publications London [ISBN: 0580401685]
  • British Standards Institution 2003, PD7974:Part 3: 2003 - Application of fire engineering principles to the design of buildings: Part 1: Structural response and fire spread beyond the enclosure of origin (Sub-system 3)., BSI Publications London [ISBN: 9780580600708]
  • British Standards Institution 2003, PD7974:Part 7: 2003 - Application of fire engineering principles to the design of buildings: Part 7: Probabilistic risk assessment, BSI Publications London [ISBN: 0580415155]
  • British Standards Institution 1990, BS5588:1:1990 - Fire precautions in the design, construction, and use of buildings - Part 1: Code of practice for residential buildings, BSI Publications London [ISBN: 0580186040]
  • British Standards Institution 1997, BS5588:11:1997 - Fire precautions in the design, construction, and use of buildings - Part 11: Code of practice for shops, offices, industrial, storage, and similar buildings., BSI Publications London [ISBN: 0580276597]
Supplementary Article/Paper Resources
  • Cristian Maluka., Michael Woodrow., Jose Luis Toreroa 2017, The potential of integrating fire safety in modern building design, Fire Safety Journal, 88 (2017), 104–1
  • Birgit Östman., Daniel Brandon., & Håkan Frantzichc 2017, Fire safety engineering in timber buildings, Fire Safety Journal, 91, 11-20
  • MA Qianlia., & GUO Wei 2012, Discussion on the fire safety design of a high-rise building, Procedia Engineering, 45 ( 2012 ) 685 – 689
Other Resources
 

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CR_CENEN_9 Master of Engineering in Civil Engineering (Environment and Energy) 1 Elective
CR_CSTRU_9 Master of Engineering in Structural Engineering 2 Elective
CR_CENVE_9 Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering in Civil Engineering (Environment and Energy) 1 Elective
CR_CSTRE_9 Postgraduate Diploma in Engineering in Structural Engineering 2 Elective

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