Escape Simulation
“Simulation of critical evacuation conditions for a fire scenario involving cables and comparison of two different cables” by Patrick van Hees and Daniel Nilsson – University of Lund
Other studies have clarified that gases and smoke are the real threat in case of fire1, that it is possible to measure the threat of cable fire emissions with modern techniques (FTIR)2, that acidity is a good predictor of irritant effects of emissions3. It is now necessary to investigate the correlation between these parameters and cable applications. Thanks to modern computing it is possible to measure the threats in case of fire by simulating the propagation of combustion products in a building and the behavior of occupants in case of a fire alarm. The University of Lund conducted a study using input data from the measurement of components of combustion made using the prEN50399 fire scenario and found that the adoption of non halogenated cables could significantly reduce the fire hazard.

(1) “Physiological effects of combustion products” Prof David Purser – Hartford Environmental Research.

(2) “Measurement techniques for the effluent from the combustion of cables” by Bjorn Sundstrom – SP Fire Technology.

(3) “Investigation into the smoke effluents of burning cables” by Silvio Messa – LS Fire Laboratories.