We have an auditorium with a stage area. The stage area is fully sprinklered and provided with four natural smoke vents at the roof.
Below the smoke vents at a depth of almost 10-feet (3 meters) there is structural steel frame (provided for structural stability) arranged with narrow gap of only about 1-inch (30 mm) and obstructing all the smoke vents. We understand this steel frames will deflect the smoke plume and affect the performance of smoke vents.
Is there a standard/code reference regarding how to include this obstruction in the calculations and to prove to AHJ that the smoke vents would still be sufficient?
Thanks in advance.
Submitted anonymously and posted for discussion. Discuss This | Submit Your Question | Subscribe
Subscribe and learn something new each day:
Thank You to Our Top
August 2020 Contributors!
Sprinkler Designer or Engineer?
Get all of our tools, including the Sprinkler Database, Friction Loss Calculator, Fire Pump Analyzer and more:
Daily discussions are open-ended fire protection, fire alarm, and life safety questions submitted anonymously for the benefit of sharing expertise and learning from other perspectives. Anyone can submit a question here:
2020 PE Prep Guide
PE Prep Series
2020 PE Prep Series
(Click to enlarge)
Visit July-October for daily Fire Protection PE Exam sample questions.
Solutions are posted the day after posting.
Comment with your solutions, questions or clarifications.
Please note that questions posted are unofficial and in accordance with NCEES rules are intended to be similar to actual exam questions, not actual exam questions themselves.