Revolving Doors

This type of door is generally selected for entranceways carrying a continuous flow of traffic without very high peaks. They offer the advantage of keeping interchange of inside and outside air to a relatively small amount compared with other types of doors. They usually are used in combination with swinging doors because of the inability to handle large groups of people in a short period of time.
Revolving doors consist of four leaves that rotate about a vertical axis inside a cylindrical enclosure. Diameter of the enclosure generally is at least 6 ft 6 in, and the opening to the enclosure usually is between 4 and 5 ft.
Building codes prohibit use of revolving doors for some types of occupancies;
for example, for theaters, churches, and stadiums, because of the limited traffic flow in emergencies. Where they are permitted as exits, revolving doors have limitations imposed on them by building codes. The National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code allows only one-half unit of exit width per revolving door in computation of exit capacity, but some codes permit one unit per door. Also, revolving doors may not provide more than 50% of the required exit capacity at any location.
The remaining capacity must be supplied by swinging doors within 20 ft of the revolving doors. Rotation speed must be controlled so as not to exceed 15 rpm.
Each wing should be provided with at least one such bar and should be glazed with tempered glass at least 7⁄32 in thick. Some codes also require the doors to be collapsible.

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