Comparison of methods based on systems analysis for fire safety
This report discusses methods of applying systems analysis to fire risk evaluation. The use of synthetic materials, electronic hardware and powerful machines has increased the number and severity of electrical fires. The common use of several means of protection has introduced many parameters to be taken into account. Systems analysis can integrate several factors and their interactive relationships. The most advanced methods in fire risk evaluation are introduced and explored. Deterministic methods try to define a numerical value for fire risk, considering both means of protection and danger factors. Probabilistic methods try to describe the probability of fire consequences such as human or material losses. Deterministic methods cannot treat the whole fire problem in a building; however their fast and easy use makes them helpful in decision-making. Probabilistic methods give a better model of the problem but their power of decision is weaker. The production of agreed data seems to be the major problem for the development of these methods.
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 11366 EN (1988) MF, 43 pp., ECU 4, blow-up copy ECU 7.50
Record Number: 198910054 / Last updated on: 1994-12-01
Original language: en
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