Fire Technology

, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 93–104 | Cite as

A Monte Carlo Approach for the Layout Design of Thermal Fire Detection System

  • Walter W. Yuen
  • W. K. Chow


A Monte Carlo approach is developed for the layout design of thermal fire detection system. In contrast to the traditional deterministic approach, the present approach yields not only a specific design for a given objective, but also a probabilistic assessment of the effectiveness of the design which can be used as a basis of comparison for different possible designs. The approach also allows a systematic assessment of the uncertainty in the design process and provides a rational basis for possible design improvements.

Key words

Fire detection system Monte Carlo method uncertainty studies 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Walter W. Yuen
    • 1
  • W. K. Chow
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Mechanical & Environmental EngineeringUniversity of California at Santa BarbaraUSA
  2. 2.Department of Building Services EngineeringThe Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong KongRepublic of China

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