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Human Behavior in Evacuating a Building: A Problem Definition

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Simone Sillem, J. W. F. Wiersma, B. J. M. Ale

Delft University of Technology

Paper No. IMECE2005-79680, pp. 175-180; 6 pages
  • ASME 2005 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Engineering/Technology Management
  • Orlando, Florida, USA, November 5 – 11, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Engineering and Technology Management Group
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4230-4 | eISBN: 0-7918-3769-6
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


There are different phases in which attempts can be made to prevent an emergency situation from happening or to fight its consequences when it does occur. These phases describe all activities that are aimed at increasing safety and can be represented schematically. This representation is called the safety chain. This paper looks at the phases of the safety chain where human behavior in evacuation can be influenced to mitigate the outcomes of an occurring emergency situation. A literature research has been done and the problems with human behavior are identified. Possibilities for further research are given, as well as the contours of a research project that will be carried out by the end of this year at Delft University of Technology.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME



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