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Fire modeling

How would your building react if it caught fire?

Digital fire modeling predicts the behaviour of a fire, i.e. the spread of hot gases and fumes, in a given building.

Thanks to advanced modeling tools, Technorm’s team of professionals can help you evaluate the performance of an alternative fire safety solution.

Fire modeling offers many possibilities

Digital computing has grown rapidly since the early 1990s. Today, fire modeling software is more advanced than ever before and is particularly useful in the following cases:

  • Simulating the effects of a fire (and its behaviour) as part of a building design
  • Reproducing a fire as part of a post-disaster investigation to confirm, for instance, the fire scenario or the damage caused
  • Reproducing standardized or laboratory fire tests with known parameters (materials, exhaust ventilation, source of fire, etc.)

Fire modeling during a building's design phase

Using our sophisticated fire modeling tools, we can assist designers in their decision-making process when developing an architectural and/or mechanical building concept (ventilation and extraction). Our team of professionals can evaluate the performance of an alternative solution to address a measure that is required but difficult to implement.

We can compare the design specifications of alternative safety measures in our modeling tools with the minimum performance level required by the NBC (National Building Code).

Moreover, these tools can be used to design specific buildings and performance standards for smoke management systems (stadiums, auditoriums, airports, tunnels, bridges, etc.) that are outside the scope of the National Building Code.

We can also assess building exposure to external risks (transformers, cooling towers, etc.) as well as internal risks and their impacts such as the real fire performance of structural elements.

Our fire modeling service provides cost savings

We can model the progression of a fire and the behaviour of the building in the throes of fire to estimate a wide range of useful information at a much lower price than furnace tests.
  • Height of the interface between fresh air and smoke
  • Displacement and velocities of smoke or gas
  • Automatic sprinkler activation time
  • Fire or smoke detection time
  • Temperatures of materials and consequently of structural elements (fire resistance)
  • Evolution of the fire source location and power
  • Concentration of combustion products
  • Etc.

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