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Undergraduate Course: Fire Safety Engineering 3 (CIVE09023)

Course Outline
School School of Engineering College College of Science and Engineering
Course type Standard Availability Available to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken) SCQF Level 9 (Year 3 Undergraduate) Credits 10
Home subject area Civil Other subject area None
Course website None Taught in Gaelic? No
Course description This module is intended to provide the basic knowledge required to study fire safety. This includes basic tools related to fluid mechanics, heat transfer and combustion. The core of the module will provide a general overview of the discipline including the fire, fire safety and fire protection systems.
Entry Requirements
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Environmental Engineering 3 (CIVE09020) AND Construction Management 3 (CIVE09013)
Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisites None
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2010/11 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
King's BuildingsLecture1-11 14:00 - 15:50
King's BuildingsTutorial1-11 16:10 - 17:00
First Class Week 1, Monday, 14:00 - 15:50, Zone: King's Buildings. Classroom 9, Fleeming Jenkin Building
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours:Minutes Stationery Requirements Comments
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Fire Safety Engineering 31:3016 sides / graph paper
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
The objectives of this module are to introduce the student to the discipline of Fire Safety Engineering, therefore this module can act as an elective for students from other disciplines. Basic knowledge necessary to study Fire Safety Engineering will be provided. The student after this module will be ready to undertake studies in Fire Safety Engineering as well as having a clear understanding of the gals of the profession.
Assessment Information
Coursework (30%) and degree examination (70%)
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus W1 Fire Safety as an Engineering Discipline
Description of the goals of fire safety and the importance of introducing fire safety in the design of buildings and structures.
The social cost of fire.
Prescription and Performance as alternative methodologies for design.

W2 Fire Safety and the Architect
The Fire Safety Strategy
Building Design & The Concept of Space
Architect vs. Engineer

W3 Case Study #1: Fire Safety in Tunnels

W4 Fire Safety needs for different environments

W5 The concept of &«Timelines&ª
The concept of time scales during a fire emergency.
Fire growth: Introduction to compartment fires.
Structural behaviour: The impact of a fire on a structure, property changes, loss of strength, deformation and thermal expansion.
Egress: Basic principles of human behaviour and emergency evacuation.

W6 Case Study #2: Tall Buildings

W7 Basic principles of Evacuation, Fire Brigade intervention, &«Losses&ª and &«Insurance&ª
Principles of human behaviour, evacuation under emergency conditions. Empirical methods for evacuation modelling. Effect of fire smoke on people. Thermal skin injuries.
Objectives, organization and practices of the fire brigade. The roles of the fire brigade, prevention and response. The role of the fire brigade in performance based design. Training of the fire brigade.
Building approval, responsibility and liability. The role of insurance, premiums and the approach of the insurance to fire prevention. Risk analysis, statistics and fire related probabilities.

W8 Basic principles of &«Fire Resistance&ª and &«Fire Protection&ª
Standard practices
Fire proofing
Introduction to suppression: fire extinction, passive and active fire suppression systems.
Introduction to detection and alarm: Different technologies used for fire detection and the different concepts of alarm.
Smoke management: Introduction to passive and active smoke management, compartmentation and smoke evacuation.
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list D. Drysdale, An Introduction to Fire Dynamics, 2nd Edition, John Wiley and Sons, 1999.

J. Quintiere, Principles of Fire Behavior, Delmar, 1997.

SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering, 3rd Edition, SFPE, 2003.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Keywords Not entered
Course organiser Prof Jose Torero-Cullen
Tel: (0131 6)50 5723
Course secretary Miss Nicola Marshall
Tel: (0131 6)50 5687
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