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Department of Computer Science & Engineering Technology

Fire Protection Engineering Technology - Degree Outline

(THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER ACCEPTING MAJORS)


The Houston area has special safety and fire requirements due to the large concentration of petrochemical installations and critical medical facilities. Therefore, the Fire Protection Engineering Technology program is structured to meet the needs of industrial safety and fire personnel.
    A. Entering Transfer Students Can Earn A Four Year Baccalaureate Degree
B. Students from industry can choose from the following:
  1) A single course
2) A group of courses for a certificate by contract
3) Earn a baccalaureate degree
This program places great emphasis on computer simulation of real life situations. These include: safety operations, handling of hazardous materials, and emergencies. Below is a listing of the courses that make up the Fire Protection Engineering Technology program. For information call 713-221-8089.

FIRE PROTECTION AND SAFETY COURSES

Principles of Fire Protection Chemistry and Physics
Fire Alarm Signaling Systems
National Fire Alarm Codes
Fire Protection in Power Plants
Automatic Fire Suppression and Detection Systems
3-D Fire Modeling
Fire Dynamics
Structural Design for Fire Safety
Fire Protection Law
Advanced Safety and Fire Problems
Human Factors in Fire and Safety Human Factors in Fire and Safety

 



FIRE PROTECTION AND SAFETY COURSES


PRINCIPLES OF FIRE PROTECTION CHEMISTRY AND PHYSICS

TOPICS

  • Review of Fundamentals of  Chemistry and Physics
  • Chemical Elements and Compounds:  Atoms and Molecules
  • Physical and Chemical Change
  • Flow of Fluids
  • Heat Transfer
  • How do Chemistry and Physics Relate to Fire Protection?
  • The Combustion Process
  • Fire Characteristics:   Gaseous Combustibles
  • Fire Characteristics:  Liquid Combustibles
  • Fire Characteristics:  Solid Combustibles
  • Combustion Products
  • Movement of Fire Gases
  • Computer Modeling of Fire

 

FIRE ALARM SIGNALING SYSTEMS

TOPICS

  • The History of Fire Alarm Systems
  • Establishing Fire Protection Goals and Understanding Fire Signatures
  • Fire Alarm Systems Overview
  • Fire Alarm System Components and Circuits
  • Signal Initiation
  • Signal Transmission Methods and Processing
  • Fire Alarm Notification
  • Fire Alarm System Installation
  • Fundamentals of Fire Detection System Design
  • Engineering Documents
  • Approvals and Acceptance
  • Fire Alarm System Testing
  • Public Fire Service Communication Systems
  • Code Requirements
  • Basic Fire Alarm Plans Review
  • Cost Analysis
  • Fire Warning Systems for Dwellings

 

NATIONAL FIRE ALARM CODES

TOPICS

  • Introduction to the National Fire Alarm Code
  • Power supplies and signaling fundamentals
  • Circuit monitoring and documentation
  • Initiating devices
  • Protected premises
  • Notification Appliance
  • Supervising Stations
  • Public fire alarm reporting systems
  • Fire alarm system installation
  • Fire alarm system inspection and testing
  • Fire alarm system maintenance
  • Performance-based signaling designs
  • Public Fire Service Communication Systems
  • Alarm signaling alternate approaches

 

FIRE PROTECTION IN POWER PLANTS

TOPICS
TBA

 

AUTOMATIC FIRE SUPPRESSION AND DETECTION SYSTEMS

TOPICS – in conjunction with NFPA13

  • Automatic Sprinkler Systems
    1. Sprinkler types
    2. Sprinklers for storage applications
    3. Sprinkler system components
    4. Developing a sprinkler plan for approval
    5. Determine branch line logic
    6. Determine system type and configuration
    7. Determine hazard class of the occupancy
    8. Determine the area protected by each sprinkler

3-D FIRE MODELING

TOPICS

  • Build a three-dimensional model.
  • Assign a fire to the surface of an obstruction.
  • Have a fire follow a defined heat release rate (HRR)
  • Choose the appropriate reaction for a fire.
  • Understand the very speculative nature of fire spread in FDS 5.
  • Place sprinklers in a scenario as required.
  • Understand the limitations of simulating suppression with sprinklers.

 

  • Hydraulic calculation of sprinkler systems
    1. Hand calculations versus computer calculations
    2. Choosing the hydraulically most demanding area
    3. Number of sprinklers flowing along the length of the design
    4. Determining friction loss
  • Specialized piping and calculation methods
    1. Residential sprinkler systems
    2. Sprinkler protection of high-piled storage occupancies

 

 

FIRE DYNAMICS

TOPICS

  • Fire Science and Combustion
  •  Heat Transfer
  • Limits of Flammability and premixed flames
  • Diffusion Flames and Fire Plumes
  • Steady Burning of Liquids and Solids
  • Ignition:  The Initiation of Flaming Combustion
  • Spread of  Flame
  • Spontaneous Ignition within Solids and Smoldering Combustion
  • The Pre-flashover Compartment Fire
  • The Post-flashover Compartment Fire

 

STRUCTURAL DESIGN FOR FIRE SAFETY

TOPICS

  • Fire Safety in Buildings
  • Fire and Heat
  • Room Fires
  • Fire Severity
  • Design of Structures Exposed to Fire
  • Steel Structures  

 

FIRE PROTECTION LAW

TOPICS

  • Introduction
  • Types and Sources of Laws
  • Courts and Court Systems
  • Administrative Systems
  • Criminal Laws
  • Criminal Procedures
  • Civil Liability Issues
  • Negligence
  • Immunity from Liability
  • Contract Law
  • Public Accountability Laws
  • Case Studies

 

ADVANCED SAFETY AND FIRE PROBLEMS

TOPICS
TBA

 

HUMAN FACTORS IN FIRE AND SAFETY

TOPICS

  • Individual and Group Response during Fire Emergencies
  • Fire:  It's Impact on Individuals and Families
  • Impact of Fire on the Community
  • Juvenile Fire-setters
  • Arson
  • Special Populations
  • Psychological Impact of Fire on Firefighters
  • Interviewing Victims and Witnesses
  • Compliance and Codes
  • High rise Buildings
  • Warning Systems
  • Systems Approach to Fire Emergencies
  • A Systematic Approach to Fire Prevention and Education
    1. Fire Prevention
    2. Public Fire Education

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