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The Simulation Of Assisted Evacuation In Hospitals

April 2, 2018
This paper proposes a modelling strategy to simulate a hospital evacuation. The capabilities of two commercial evacuation models, STEPS and Pathfinder, are explored to evaluate their ability to simulate this type of scenarios. This includes the study of the issues concerning the simulation of horizontal hospital evacuation (i.e. calibration issues, capabilities and limitations). A case study is presented in this paper by using STEPS model. Read More...

PyroSim 2018.1.0329

March 29, 2018
This release includes improvements for the Results viewer, support for the WIND namelist, and improvements to usability and reliability. Read More...

Pathfinder 2018.2.0329

March 29, 2018
This release adds support for behavior switching, improvements to results visualization, and support for the latest PSM files. Read More...

Group Movement in Pathfinder

March 19, 2018
In Pathfinder 2018.1, occupants can be assigned to groups that move together during the simulation. In this post, we illustrate a few use cases. Read More...

Display Experimental Trajectory Data in Pathfinder Results Viewer

February 16, 2018
This post demonstrates an undocumented feature in Pathfinder for visualizing experimental trajectory data in the Result Viewer. Read More...

Validating FDS Against a Large-Scale Fire Test for Facade Systems

February 15, 2018
In an MSc thesis conducted at Lund University, Sweden, a validation study of FDS version 6.2.0 on the area of external fire spread was conducted. The validation study was performed using experimental data from a large-scale fire test on an SP FIRE 105 test rig in BorĂ¥s, Sweden. The SP FIRE 105 test rig is a test method for facade systems simulating the impact on the overhead facade of a fire on the ground floor of a three-story apartment building. For this particular test, non-combustible calcium silica boards were attached to the facade and temperature measurements took place at six different heights. Read More...

Coupling PyroSim Fire Results with Pathfinder Movement

February 14, 2018
We have begun coupling PyroSim fire results with Pathfinder movement. The first major task was to create a Results Viewer that could merge and display PyroSim and Pathfinder results simultaneously. That has largely been completed. We have also completed limited capability to calculate the Fractional Effective Dose (FED) as occupants move through changing CO, CO2, and O2 concentrations. Future development will use PyroSim results to alter occupant movement and decision making within the Pathfinder simulation. In this post, we demonstrate the capability currently available in Pathfinder 2018.1 and PyroSim 2017.2. See the post Manually Coupling FDS and Pathfinder to Respond to Smoke for instructions on how to link fire simulation output with evacuation simulation movement  Read More...

WIND in PyroSim

February 6, 2018
FDS version 6.6.0 added a new WIND namelist to describe wind and atmospheric conditions. Support for WIND was included in PyroSim 2018.1. This post demonstrates this feature.  Read More...

Multiple Fuels with PyroSim

January 15, 2018

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PyroSim 2018.2 now supports complex stoichiometry in the user interface. The post Complex Stoichiometry in PyroSim updates and replaces the contents of this post.
PyroSim's design assumes that most users want to use FDS with a single-fuel, "simple chemistry" combustion model. For simulations requiring multiple fuel species, a few extra steps are required. This post demonstrates how to perform a multiple-fuel simulation using PyroSim.  Read More...

Pathfinder 2018.1.1220

December 20, 2017
This release adds support for movement groups, parameters to control which occupants will automatically use stairs and elevators, built-in libraries of profiles, and expanded support for FDS results in 3D Results. Read More...