Chapter 14. Putting It Together: The L Curve

  1. Robert W. Fitzgerald

Published Online: 19 MAY 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0470863285.ch14

Building Fire Performance Analysis

Building Fire Performance Analysis

How to Cite

Fitzgerald, R. W. (2004) Putting It Together: The L Curve, in Building Fire Performance Analysis, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470863285.ch14

Author Information

  1. Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 19 MAY 2005
  2. Published Print: 26 MAY 2004

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470863268

Online ISBN: 9780470863282



  • L curve;
  • design fire characteristics;
  • self-termination (ST) curve;
  • continuous value network (CVN);
  • fire propagation path;
  • multiple-path fire spread


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Fire in a space

  • Performance descriptors

  • The L curve for the room of origin

  • Building L curve networks

  • L curve calculations

  • L curve discussion

  • Summary

  • Reference