Design for fire quiz

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Please answer the following 10 multiple choice questions, then click 'submit' to check the result. The pass mark for a CPD certificate is 8 out of 10, and you may retake the quiz as many times as you wish, but the questions will vary! Please note that one, two, three or all of the possible answers presented for each question may be right, and to gain a mark for that question all correct answers must be identified.

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Design for fire

Which of the following is not a correct conclusion following the Cardington fire tests?

That composite steel deck construction has significantly greater reserves of strength than is indicated by tests of individual members
That columns are critical stabilising elements and must be protected
That all beams supporting composite steel deck floors do not need to be protected in order to prevent structural collapse in fire
That the results are applicable to forms of construction other than steel frames with composite steel deck floors.

A new British Standard, BS 9999, has been published to provide an alternative approach to the design of fire precautions in buildings to those in Government published documents. Does BSI describe it as being?

Based on structured risk based design
Based on conservative experience
Based on European approaches to the design of fire precautions in buildings
Based on an averaged approach from across the regions of the UK

Which of the following is/are not considered a major risk factor in fire in BS9999, the new British Standard published to provide an alternative approach to the design of fire precautions in buildings to those in Government published documents?

Whether the occupants of the building are familiar with their surroundings.
Whether the occupants of the building are likely to be asleep
Where there is not a fire station nearby
The height of the building

Which of the following statements is not always correct?

Fire safety engineering can provide an alternative approach to fire safety to that given in Government published documents such as Approved Document B.
A fire engineering approach should always be considered in large buildings.
For some buildings, the provisions of documents such as Approved Document B for the design of fire precautions may not be adequate and a fire safety engineering approach may be the only viable way to a satisfactory standard of fire safety
Fire safety engineering has wide applications in finding solutions to particular problems in the design of fire precautions

The dominant mechanism which enables a composite steel deck floor to enhance its load carrying capacity at large deflections is based on what?

Tensile membrane action in the slab
Catenary action in the beams
Robust connections
Thermal gradients in the slab

Which of the following are commonly used to provide fire protection of structural beams and columns in the UK?

Boards
Sprays
Thin film intumescent coatings
Reinforcing steel and concrete between the flanges

What is the meaning of time equivalent in fire engineering?

It is the severity of a fire in a compartment in terms of exposure to a standard fire test
It is the time in minutes at which the fire in a compartment will burn above 600°C
It is the period for which a fire will burn based on times measured in other, equivalent, compartments
It is the period of time which is required for the fire brigade to attend and extinguish a compartment fire.

The most widely used source of information for the design of fire precautions in buildings in England is?

Technical Handbook 2
Approved Document B
Technical Booklet E
BS9999

Which of the following is/are true?

Approved Document B must be used in the design of fire precautions in England?
The use of Approved Document B for the design of fire precautions in buildings in England is deemed to satisfy the requirements of the Building Regulations.
It is not necessary to use Approved Document B for the design of fire precautions in England if it can be shown that you have met the requirements of the Building Regulations in some other way.
The use of Approved Document B does not guarantee that all buildings will be safe in fire

What is the word or phrase used to describe the moment when simultaneous ignition of the contents of a fire compartment takes place?

Super ignition
Flashover
Auto ignition
Pyrolysis