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A study of response behaviour in a theatre during a live performance

A study of response behaviour in a theatre during a live performance

Hopkin, C. G., Galea, E.R. ORCID: 0000-0002-0001-6665 and Deere, S.J. ORCID: 0000-0001-5171-2014 (2015) A study of response behaviour in a theatre during a live performance. In: Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Human Behaviour in Fire, 2015. Human Behaviour in Fire, 6 . Interscience Communications Ltd, London, pp. 385-398. ISBN 978-0-9933933-0-3

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Abstract

This paper presents the results of an unannounced theatre evacuation involving some 1200 people. The evacuation took place towards the end of a live theatre performance in the Marlowe Theatre in the UK. In particular response phase behaviours are discussed and response time data is presented. A key finding of this work which is different to other reported work is that the occupant response time distribution, while following the typical log-normal distribution is related to the geometrical positioning of the occupants relative to proximity to exit aisles and exit rows. Response time is found to increase relative to distance (seating location) from the exit aisles and exit rows.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: Proceedings of the 6th International Symposium on Human Behaviour in Fire, 2015.
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Centre for Numerical Modelling & Process Analysis (CNMPA)
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Centre for Numerical Modelling & Process Analysis (CNMPA) > Fire Safety Engineering Group (FSEG)
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Mathematical Sciences
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/14359

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