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Fire behaviour of gypsum plasterboard wall assemblies: CFD simulation of a full-scale residential building

Kolaitis, Dionysios, Asimakopoulou, Eleni and Founti, Maria (2017) Fire behaviour of gypsum plasterboard wall assemblies: CFD simulation of a full-scale residential building. Case Studies in Fire Safety, 7 . pp. 23-35. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214398X16300103

DOI: 10.1016/j.csfs.2016.11.001


Gypsum “dehydration” phenomena, occurring when gypsum plasterboard wall assemblies are exposed to a high temperature environment, result in water vapour production and subsequent dispersion in the fire compartment; these phenomena are often neglected in relevant Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations. Aiming to investigate the impact of gypsum dehydration in full-scale CFD simulations of lightweight drywall buildings, the FDS code is used to simulate a two-storey residential building, exposed to a typical domestic fire scenario. The building employs a structural steel frame combined with gypsum plasterboard wall assemblies. Temperature-dependent thermo-physical properties are used for all construction materials. The effects of gypsum dehydration are assessed by using two alternative modelling approaches, an effective specific heat model and a solid reaction kinetics model; the obtained predictions are compared to a benchmark test case, where no such phenomena are modelled. The obtained results demonstrate that when the highly endothermic gypsum dehydration phenomena are simulated, lower overall heat release rates, gas and wall surface temperatures are predicted. In addition, the developed solid reaction kinetics model allows, for the first time, quantitative predictions of gypsum dehydration induced water vapour production and dispersion phenomena.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:Fire; Gypsum plasterboard; Gypsum dehydration; Solid reaction kinetics; Effective specific heat; Drywall system; Multi-compartment fire
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > School of the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Built Environment Research Institute
Built Environment Research Institute > Fire Safety and Engineering Research and Technology Centre (FireSERT)
ID Code:36984
Deposited By: Dr Eleni Asimakopoulou
Deposited On:30 Mar 2017 13:20
Last Modified:16 May 2017 14:16

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