Abstract - Many large modern buildings, most typically airport terminals, have many well-separated retail units within a much larger space. The Cabin Principle has been used in several airport terminals and elsewhere, to contain any fire smoke in the unit on fire, thus removing the need for major fire precautions in the main space where that space has little potential fuel.
The usual application of this principle is similar to the long-established technique of the large-scale experimental calorimeter. This application has the retail unit forming an open-fronted, and/or open-sided box, and uses the methods of smoke and heat exhaust ventilation ( SHEVS ) to contain smoky gases within a smoke reservoir formed in that box. This approach is described in this paper as the " SHEVS " Cabin" principle. Calculation procedures are described, based on existing practice for SHEVS, and an example is presented.
A Fire curtain in a factory in Gateshead
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