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Help on 2 engineering concepts

  1. Feb 27, 2004 #1


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    I'm in a thing call TEAMS Engineering. Basically there's 8 people on a team and we get 1 hour 30 mins to answer questions about 10 college level engineering problems (each w/ several questions) (we're are in high school). We're allowed to bring in any texts/info we want but it's so hard 50% is incredibly good.

    They've given us the problem statements beforehand and the 2 me and my partner are doing are wireless communitcations, and fire protection engineering. I was wondering if anyone could give me any background or tell what concepts to look at that would give us an advantage.

    Here is more specific info:

    Wireless comm- As a member of the engineering group in a local wireless communications company, you are required to conduct tradeoff studies on the performance of available radio equipment to satisfy the fixed and mobile wireless communications requirements of your customers. This requires you to investigate various aspects of the system performance, from the perspective of both the system operator and the customer.

    Fire: An insurance company for a large bank has hired your Fire Protection Engineering firm to provide consulting services for a suspicious fire in the bank's headquarters'building. Your team must investigate the causes and sources of a fire.
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  3. Feb 28, 2004 #2


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    The problem statements are pretty broad and its tough to know exactly what the questions are going to say. Wireless comms isn't my thing, but I'm an HVAC engineer and dabble in fire protection. Google for "philadelphia meridian building fire sprinkler" for an example of good and bad fire protection. One link: http://www.nfsa.org/departments/codes/CCWINTER98.html [Broken]

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    That's right, a massive office building and massive fire, stopped by just seven sprinklers. The tenant of the 31st floor didn't trust the building's passive fire protection system (fire rated walls) and installed a sprinkler system on their own. If not for those seven sprinklers, the fire would have consumed the rest of the building.

    I also recommend looking through some fire protection codes (if you can - take one with you) for fire protection requirements. Every city (state, country) has its own and they're all different, but they're all the same.
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