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Optimization of Carbon Monoxide Detectors in a Residential Layout and Analysis of Dispersion Characteristics

dc.contributor.advisorTrouvé, Arnauden_US
dc.contributor.authorEngel, Dereken_US
dc.date.accessioned2013-02-06T07:27:25Z
dc.date.available2013-02-06T07:27:25Z
dc.date.issued2012en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1903/13572
dc.description.abstractCurrent building and life safety standards do not specify the optimal placement of carbon monoxide (CO) detectors in residential structures. Currently, the standards advise to follow manufacturer's instructions, place one centrally on each floor and in each HVAC zone. With the use of computation fluid dynamics (CFD) software FLACS, simulations were run to observe and track CO concentrations, generated from a fire source, throughout a demonstrative box as well as a residential structure under different source and ambient conditions. A MATLAB script was developed to represent CO detector functionality. From this it was possible to evaluate detector placement throughout a structure. The time to detection criterion was analyzed as well as order of alarm in relation to other placements. Final recommendations are presented based upon the dispersion patterns observed.en_US
dc.titleOptimization of Carbon Monoxide Detectors in a Residential Layout and Analysis of Dispersion Characteristicsen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.publisherDigital Repository at the University of Marylanden_US
dc.contributor.publisherUniversity of Maryland (College Park, Md.)en_US
dc.contributor.departmentFire Protection Engineeringen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledEngineeringen_US
dc.subject.pqcontrolledMechanical engineeringen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledCarbon monoxideen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledDetectoren_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledDetector placementen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledDispersionen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledFLACSen_US
dc.subject.pquncontrolledTime to detectionen_US


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