Initial investigations on plenum cable fires

Summary

Points out that the potential increase in cable loads in building void spaces to support the increased use of computers and the recabling of local area networks (LANs) has raised concerns concerning life safety. Presents preliminary results from a survey in North American buildings to determine the type and quantities of cable in return air plenums and fire scenarios that could potentially ignite the cables. Also discusses the results of bench and medium-scale fire tests.

Primary Author(s): Lougheed G D, McCartney C, Kanabus-Kaminska M

Source: ASHRAE Trans., 2002, vol.108, part 1, paper number AC-02-8-3 (RP-1108), 712-723, 12 figs, 1 tab, refs.

             BSRIA Abstract Doc 000103797 Abs 20020767

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