A Framework for Travelling Fires in Structural Design

Conceptual structural design for the safety of buildings in Canada is inherently prescriptive and an unsuitable quantifier for accurate estimation of life safety. Design for fire in Canada is currently done using a standardized method that assumes that a fire will be contained within the room it started. Recent studies have developed a new methodology, travelling fire, which better approximates the behavior of fire within large areas. The project will combine this new approach to fire with the knowledge of acceptance criterion and probabilistic design to develop an alternative framework for structural design which would quantify the safety of the occupants.

Faculty Supervisor:

John Gales


Rheanna Johnson



Engineering - civil


Construction and infrastructure


Carleton University



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