Fire-induced air flow in a large span building by computational fluid dynamics (CFD) will be discussed in this paper. The CFD model is based on Reynolds Averaging Navier-Stokes (RANS) equations with k-ε based turbulence model for predicting velocity, pressure and temperature distribution. This technique is commonly used in practical design for smoke management system. The fire is taken as a volumetric heat source and buoyancy effects are included in equations for the vertical momentum and turbulent parameters. Several key points to note in the simulation will be discussed. These are: • Relaxation factor and convergence criteria. • False diffusion. • Sudden changes in flow parameters across the heat source. A large terminal hall with 1 MW fire is taken as an example to discuss the above points. The fire scenarios in a region of interest will be assessed by CFD.

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