LEEDS COLLEGE OF BUILDING ATRIUM

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Planning stage​
Leeds, U.K.
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Fire & Smoke control analysis of the atrium during means of escape and firefighting mode
LEEDS COLLEGE OF BUIDLING
FIRE & SMOKE ANALYSIS

Through modelling a room directly of from the atrium space, a fire simulation was undertaken whereby the occupant evaluate from the room into the atrium and exit according to evaluate the smoke ventilation system located in the space. The atrium space was modelled to a high level of detail using Ansys Fluent CFD package.

  EDUCATION 

EXPANDING THE COLLEGE SPACES

Leeds College of Building has expanded their campus through the second phase of the South Bank Campus development. The four-storey building has a range of classrooms that include workshops alongside a dynamic central atrium that acts as the main circulation and communal space.

A central part of the building was the is the atrium plaza that is the main point of entrance into the building. The atrium provides seamless circulation space with the majority of the classrooms joining into the space with a large communal space that benefits for a large amount of natural light located at ground level.

EVALUATING A VITAL SAFETY SYSTEM

K8T provided analysis of the mechanical smoke ventilation system (MSVS) within building 1 of the Atlantic Square development. Level 1 of the building was a large open plan off with approximately 2000 square metres of space and was served by two stairwells, with one used as a firefighting shaft. The stairwell served 12 floors with the lobby also being served by six lift shafts.

 

The MSVS used a grille located at high level located within the stairwell lobby along with a Automatically Opening Vent (AOV) located at the head of the stairwell. A large office fire was modelled within the open plan office using Fire Dynamic Simulator (FDS) to perform the simulation. 

With a large office fire in the open plan office area, firefighters require temperatures within the lobby area to stay within tenable conditions as well as no smoke ingress occurring into the stairwell. 

Tenable criteria can be established from British Standards and Guidance documents from CIBSE and the SCA, to determine the temperature levels and the amount of time firefighters can safety operate in the space. 

To able relevant parties to easily understand the outcome of the simulation the temperature data bounds were colour coded and linked to the relevant documents to allow an easy to read indication of where there different temperature ranges were occurring in the office space.

DETERMINING THE TEMPERATURES

K8T provided analysis of the mechanical smoke ventilation system (MSVS) within building 1 of the Atlantic Square development. Level 1 of the building was a large open plan off with approximately 2000 square metres of space and was served by two stairwells, with one used as a firefighting shaft. The stairwell served 12 floors with the lobby also being served by six lift shafts.

 

The MSVS used a grille located at high level located within the stairwell lobby along with a Automatically Opening Vent (AOV) located at the head of the stairwell. A large office fire was modelled within the open plan office using Fire Dynamic Simulator (FDS) to perform the simulation. 

With a large office fire in the open plan office area, firefighters require temperatures within the lobby area to stay within tenable conditions as well as no smoke ingress occurring into the stairwell. 

Tenable criteria can be established from British Standards and Guidance documents from CIBSE and the SCA, to determine the temperature levels and the amount of time firefighters can safety operate in the space. 

To able relevant parties to easily understand the outcome of the simulation the temperature data bounds were colour coded and linked to the relevant documents to allow an easy to read indication of where there different temperature ranges were occurring in the office space.

UNDERSTANDING SMOKE DISTRIBUTION

K8T provided analysis of the mechanical smoke ventilation system (MSVS) within building 1 of the Atlantic Square development. Level 1 of the building was a large open plan off with approximately 2000 square metres of space and was served by two stairwells, with one used as a firefighting shaft. The stairwell served 12 floors with the lobby also being served by six lift shafts.

 

The MSVS used a grille located at high level located within the stairwell lobby along with a Automatically Opening Vent (AOV) located at the head of the stairwell. A large office fire was modelled within the open plan office using Fire Dynamic Simulator (FDS) to perform the simulation. 

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