Some Comments on Fire Spread in High Racked Storage of Goods

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A number of reports have been examined of tests undertaken by FRS and by FIRTO for the purpose of studying the behaviour of sprinkler systems in controlling fires in piles of stacked cardboard cartons. Mean speeds of the rising flame tip have been estimated and found to be very variable. Typically if ignition is on the vertical outside "face" speeds are 1-3 cm/sec. Ignition in a "face" is typically 10 cm/sec. Although these are data for different transverse and vertical gaps these factors were not studied systematically and no associations have been found with the variable mean speed data. In one study the transverse gap was changed but so was the ignition system. There is consistant evidence of an increasing tendency for fire to spread sideways into horizontal gaps as it ascends.


  • Philip H Thomas
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Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Building Technologies
  • Other Civil Engineering
Original languageEnglish
PublisherDepartment of Fire Safety Engineering and Systems Safety, Lund University
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Publication categoryResearch
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

ISSN (Print)1102-8246

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