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Using Fire Dynamics Simulator to Reconstruct a Hydroelectric Power Plant Fire Accident

NCJ Number
Journal of Forensic Sciences Volume: 56 Issue: 6 Dated: November 2011 Pages: 1639-1644
Jen-Hao Chi, Ph.D.; Sheng-Hung Wu, Ph.D.; Chi-Min Shu, Ph.D.
Date Published
November 2011
6 pages
This research reconstructed the fire at the Taiwan Dajia-River hydroelectric power plant to examine the escape route of fire hazard factors.
The location of the hydroelectric power plant poses a high risk to occupants seeking to escape in a fire accident. Calculating the heat release rate of transformer oil as 11.5 MW/m(2), the fire at the Taiwan Dajia-River hydroelectric power plant was reconstructed using the fire dynamics simulator (FDS). The variations at the escape route of the fire hazard factors temperature, radiant heat, carbon monoxide, and oxygen were collected during the simulation to verify the causes of the serious casualties resulting from the fire. The simulated safe escape time when taking temperature changes into account is about 236 sec, 155 sec for radiant heat changes, 260 sec for carbon monoxide changes, and 235-248 sec for oxygen changes. These escape times are far less than the actual escape time of 302 sec. The simulation thus demonstrated the urgent need to improve escape options for people escaping a hydroelectric power plant fire. (Published Abstract)