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CIVL8040 - Fire Engineering Design

Title:Fire Engineering Design
Long Title:Fire Engineering Design
Module Code:CIVL8040
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:Advanced
Field of Study: Civil Engineering
Valid From: Semester 1 - 2019/20 ( September 2019 )
Module Delivered in no programmes
Module Coordinator: DES WALSH
Module Author: Andrew Macilwraith
Module Description: This module analyses specific fire safety engineering elements of building design, such as steel portal frame boundary collapse, domestic/commercial sprinkler design, and smoke control in atria. Building system designs, including fire detection, emergency lighting, and gas installations are also analysed.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner will be able to:
LO1 Understand and analyse active fire safety systems in buildings
LO2 Understand and analyse residential and commercial sprinkler system design
LO3 Understand and analyse the steel portal frame design under fire related boundary conditions
LO4 Understand and analyse smoke control design in atria
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).
9990 CIVL8004 Building Regulatory Eng
13603 CIVL8030 Fire Safety Engineering
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.
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Co-requisite Modules
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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.

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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Fire Safety Systems in Buildings
Analysis and design of fire detection, emergency lighting, and gas installation systems in buildings.
Residential and Commercial Sprinkler Systems
Analyse and design sprinkler systems for residential and commercial buildings
Smoke Control Systems in Atria
Analyse and design smoke control systems in Atria
Steel Portal Frames under Boundary Conditions
Analyse and design steel portal frames under boundary conditions in a fire state
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 8
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

This module has no Full Time workload.
Workload: Part Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Presentation of Course Material 2.5 Every Week 2.50
Tutorial Tutorial on Presented Material 0.5 Every Week 0.50
Independent Learning Independent Learning by Student 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
  • Society of Fire Protection Engineers 2015, SFPE HANDBOOK OF FIRE PROTECTION ENGINEERING, 5TH EDITION, 5th Ed., Society of Fire Protection Engineers New York
  • G O Hansell and H P Morgan 2007, BR258 Design approaches for smoke control in atrium buildings, BRE Watford [ISBN: 0 85125 615 5]
  • British Standards Institution 2014, BS 9251:2014 Fire sprinkler systems for domestic and residential occupancies – Code of practice Licensed, British Standards Institution London [ISBN: 978 0 580 824]
  • National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) 2016, IS EN 12845:2015 & AC 2016 Fixed fire fighting systems - Automatic Sprinkler Systems - Design, Installation, and Maintenance,, NSAI Dublin
  • National Standards Authority of Ireland 2013, I.S. 3218:2013 Fire detection and alarm systems for buildings - System design, installation, commissioning, servicing and maintenance, NSAI Dublin
  • National Standards Auithority of Ireland 2017, I.S. 3217:2013+A1:2017 Emergency Lighting and Amendment 1:2017, NSAI Dublin
  • The Steel Construction Institute 2002, SCI PUBLICATION P313 Single Storey Steel Framed Buildings in Fire Boundary Conditions, SCI Berks, UK
  • National Standards Authority of Ireland 2017, I.S. 813:2014+A1:2017 Domestic gas installations (Edition 3) and Amendment 1:2017, NSAI Dublin
  • National Standards Authority of Ireland 2010, I.S. 820:2010 Non-domestic gas installations (Edition 2), 2 Ed., NSAI Dublin
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