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The use of a mathematical multicriteria decision-making model for selecting the fire origin room

The use of a mathematical multicriteria decision-making model for selecting the fire origin room

Machado Tavares, Rodrigo, Lopes Tavares, J.M. and Parry-Jones, S.L. (2008) The use of a mathematical multicriteria decision-making model for selecting the fire origin room. Building and Environment, 43 (12). pp. 2090-2100. ISSN 0360-1323 (doi:10.1016/j.buildenv.2007.12.010)

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Abstract

Over the last three decades, the fire safety codes have been changing from a prescriptive approach to a performance-based one. Some countries, such as the USA, Sweden, New Zealand, Australia and the UK, are in an advanced stage of development and implementation of the performance-based codes. However, there are some difficulties in this process. Most of them are due to the uncertainties associated with fire design. For instance, one of the questions that need to be answered is how to select the most probable fire origin room (FOR)? On the other hand, to know where the FOR is located is also an important aspect in terms of forensic issues. Given that, to address this question is an important step for the establishment of fire designs (i.e., pre-fire phases) and also for fire investigations (i.e., post-fire phases). This paper proposes a methodology for selecting the FOR through the use of a mathematical multicriteria decision-making model: the analytical hierarchy process (AHP). The proposed method is then applied to a hypothetical study case. The results are presented and discussed in this paper.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: fire origin room (FOR), performance-based codes, AHP, fire design, multicriteria decision-making model
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics
T Technology > TH Building construction
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences
School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences > Centre for Numerical Modelling & Process Analysis > Fire Safety Engineering Group
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:04
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/1501

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