Mechanism for the upward fire spread through balconies based on an investigation and experiments for a multi-story fire in high-rise apartment building

Akihiko Hokugo, Yuji Hasemi, Yoshihiko Hayashi, Masashi Yoshida

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    Summary of experiments for the investigation of a fire which caused an upward fire spread for over 12 floors through balconies in a high-rise apartment complex is reported. The experiments include indoor tests to obtain fire properties of vertical PMMA fences and outdoor tests with a full scale model of the balcony. The test results suggest significance of the increase of total flame height through merging of flames and cooperative effect of the burning of PMMA fences and combustibles on the balconies for the generation of a tall flame enough to cause ignition on the upper floor.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationFire Safety Science
    Number of pages12
    Publication statusPublished - 2000
    Event6th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science - Poitiers
    Duration: 1999 Jul 51999 Jul 9


    Other6th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science



    • Balconies
    • PMMA
    • Upward fire spread

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
    • Building and Construction

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