Engineers and architects simulate fire and smoke propagation to design management systems for buildings, subways and other facilities must be mindful of three key factors: safety of the occupants, structural integrity of the facility and adherence to government regulations.

The key to managing fire and smoke starts with understanding the multiphysics phenomena that underlie how fires start, develop and affect a structure. Virtual testing is the most cost-effective and accurate means of determining these factors. It is also the best way to develop systems to prevent and manage fire.

ANSYS simulations of smoke and fire propagation offer detailed, reliable representations of real-life scenarios to aid in planning for emergency evacuation and optimal placement of firefighting equipment.

Simulation allows engineers to analyze the effects of fire and extreme temperature on materials — in addition to structural deterioration analysis — during catastrophic events such as explosions. This enables rapid implementation of smoke-management strategies and efficient investigation of fire and smoke management after catastrophic events.