Fire Safety Façade Design and Modelling: The Case Study of the Libeskind Tower in Milan

  • Enrico Sergio Mazzucchelli Department of Architecture, Built environment and Construction engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Paolo Rigone Department of Architecture, Built environment and Construction engineering, Politecnico di Milano, Italy
  • Blanca Judith De la Fuente Ariatta Engineering, Sustainability Department, Italy
  • Paolo Giussani Façade Engineer and Consultant, Studio di Ingegneria Rigone

Abstract

Nowadays the construction industry is characterised by high multifunctional and complex buildings with innovative façade systems. Unlike a simple prescriptive approach according to standards and codes, a performance-based design allows to define safety levels and goals, to evaluate heat transfer to the structure and the structure response based on fire behaviour, to model different fire scenarios by Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) software and to personalize the design according to a specific project in order to reach the required level of safety. Through a significant case study, the paper describes the performance-based design approach in the Fire Safety Engineering field (FSE). The analysis demonstrates consistent results between the CFD fire modelling output and the laboratory test results on a real scale façade mock-up. Moreover, a Finite Element Analysis (FEA) performed on a section of the façade mullion allows to identify and to highlight the façade system critical issues in different fire scenarios.

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How to Cite
MAZZUCCHELLI, Enrico Sergio et al. Fire Safety Façade Design and Modelling. Journal of Facade Design and Engineering, [S.l.], v. 8, n. 1, p. 21-42, oct. 2020. ISSN 2213-3038. Available at: <https://journals.open.tudelft.nl/jfde/article/view/4703>. Date accessed: 28 nov. 2020.
Published
2020-10-19