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Welcome to the website of the 11th National Congress Fire Safety & Science, organized by the IFV (Institute for Safety) together with the Foundation Fellow FSE. Fire Safety Engineering and innovative firefighting keeps developing. A lot of national and international research has been done in recent years. National and international speakers and workshop leaders share the latest developments, results and insights during this two-day congress.
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The IFV and VVBA have made available a Thesis Award worth € 1200 for the most innovative, relevant or fundamental master- or bachelor thesis about fire safety. The nominees will be announced during the expert class 'Next Generation' at the TU Eindhoven on September 13, 2018. The winner of the award will be announced during the FSS Congress.
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The program for November 14:
09.30 - 10.00 hrs
10.00 - 10.10 hrs
Welcome IJle Stelstra, director IFV (The Netherlands)English
10.10 - 10.20 hrs
10.20 - 11.05 hrs
Defensive with caution, a strategy for fighting lithium-ion battery fires Marko Hassinen, Emergency
Services College (Finland)English
11.05 - 11.30 hrs
11.30 - 12.15 hrs
Numerical simulations of
flame spread over vertical walls
Bart Merci, Univeristy of Gent (Belgium)English
12.15 - 13.00 hrs
Sociological issues in fire safety regulation
Luke Bisby, University of Edinburgh (UK)English
13.00 - 13.45 hrs
a. Fire safety in homes for the elderly: Conversion of the results of the large scale tests into feasible fire safety measuresPieter Poppe, VIPA (Belgium)First round: Dutch Second round: English
b. Project 'Close the door'Robin Zevotek, UL (USA)First round: English Second round: English c. Fire tests in facade panelsRoy Weghorst, Kingspan (The Netherlands)First round: English Second round: Dutchd. Evacuation of Mixed Ability Populations – Issues for design and managementKaren Boyce University of Ulster, Belfast (UK)First round: English Second round: English
15.30 – 16.45 hrs
Workshops round 2
16.45 – 17.45 hrs
Poster sessionStudents of the Fire Service Academy and Eindhoven University of Technology and others have made posters on which they will present information about their recent research. You are able to visit the posters during the congress.
The program for November 15:
10.00 - 10.10 hrs
OpeningJolanda Trijselaar, chairwoman (The Netherlands)English
10.10 - 10.55 hrs
IFV-VVBA Thesis Award: presentations by the three
nominees and award ceremony for the 7th IFV-VVBA Thesis
10.55 - 11.25 hrs
11.25 - 12.10 hrs
Green vehicles, red flags? Nils Rosmuller, IFV (The Netherlands)English
12.10 – 12.55 hrs
Liverpool carpark fire
Nick McCormack & Andy
Groom, Merseyside Fire & Rescue Service (UK)English
12.55 – 13.45 hrs
13.45 – 15.00 hrs
Round 1a. Fire-induced pressure and smoke spread in airtight buildingsSimo Hostikka, Aalto University (Finland)First round: English Second round: English
b. Personal safety of less self-reliant usersLieuwe de Witte, IFV and Ruud van Herpen, Nieman Raadgevende Ingenieurs (The Neterlands) First round: Dutch Second round: English
c. Future developments that influence fire safetyJos Post, IFV (The Neterlands) First round: English Second round: Dutchd. Training fuel experimentsRobin Zevotek, UL (USA)First round: English Second round: English
15.00 – 15.30 hrs
16.45 – 17.30 hrs
About Bart MerciProf Bart Merci is Full Professor at Ghent University, Belgium. He is the head of the research unit ‘Combustion, Fire and Fire Safety’ at the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture. The research team consists of 3 postdoctoral researchers and about 10 PhD students. He is the Program Director of the International Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering, with partners: Ghent University, The University of Edinburgh, Lund University, ETH Zürich, University of Queensland and University of Maryland. He is the former President of the Belgian Section of The Combustion Institute. He is Editor-in-Chief of Fire Safety Journal and serves in the editorial board of other journals. He is member of the Executive Committee of the International Association for Fire Safety Science. He co-authored more than 130 papers on Web of Science and 2 books.
About presenation Numerical simulations of flame spread over vertical wallsCFD simulations of flame spread involve modeling of pyrolysis and heat transfer. External flame spread, including the effect of wind, will be discussed on a fictitious small-scale set-up. Also vertical flame spread in SBI set-up will be covered, for different configurations of inert panels and MDF panels.
About Luke BisbyProf Luke Bisby is Chair of Fire and Structures, and Head of the Research Institute for Infrastructure and Environment at the University of Edinburgh, UK. He is a Chartered Engineer in the UK, and a Licenced Professional Engineer in Canada. He has authored more than 185 peer reviewed technical papers related to structural and fire engineering, and is a fellow of both the Institution of Fire Engineers and the Institution of Structural Engineers. He serves on building code committees and advises both government and industry on fire safety and structural engineering internationally.About presentation Sociological issues in fire safety regulationThis presentation will discuss a range of contemporary sociological issues in fire safety. Those that relate to the socioeconomic distribution of fire casualties and damage will be discussed first. The means that society uses to mitigate fire risks through regulation will then be treated; focusing on the shift towards so-called ‘fire engineered solutions’ and the particular challenges this poses for the social distribution and communication of fire safety knowledge and expertise. Finally, the social construction of fire safety knowledge is discussed, raising questions about whether the confidence in the application of this knowledge by the full range of participants in the fire safety design and approvals process is always justified. The objective is to argue that the fire safety professions ought to be more reflexive and informed about the nature of the knowledge and expertise that they develop and apply.
About Pieter PoppeSince 1999 at ISIB vzw (Instituut voor Brandveiligheid) as Technical Adviser. Since 2013 Head of the Division Consultancy.
Civil Engineer Construction (1999) Postgraduate Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Ghent (2013)
President Belgian Mirror Committee NBN CEN/TC 127 and NBN ISO/TC 092About presenation VIPA study: Fire safety in homes for the elderly: Conversion of the results of the large scale tests into feasible fire safety measuresDuring the VIPA-study, 5 large scale tests have been performed to evaluate the effectiveness of alternative fire safety measures in homes for the elderly. In the presentation, the conversion of the results of the large scale tests into feasible fire safety measures will be discussed (e.g. when to use fire resistant/smoke control doors, when is a sprinkler system efficient, which evacuation strategy to use, etc.).
About Robin ZevotekRobin Zevotek is a Research Engineer with the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) Firefighter Safety Research Institute. He specializes in the use of fire research for the development of fire service tactical considerations. He has 17 years in the fire service thought out the east coast, most recently serving as a Sergeant with the Ellicott City Volunteer Fire Department in Ellicott City, MD. He has a bachelor’s and master’s both in fire protection engineering from the University of Maryland. In addition he is a licensed fire protection engineer with several years of fire protection design experience.About presentation Project 'Close The Door'The Close Your Door safety initiative comes as the result of over 10 years of research by the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI). After proving that a closed door could potentially save lives in a fire, UL FSRI has committed to share this finding with the world. This presentation will cover the researh data associated with this initiative along with the steps taken for sharing the message with the Fire Service and general public.About presentation Training Fires Innovative FuelsFirefighter tactics research has highlighted a need for a more in-depth understanding of fire dynamics. Although live fire training has the potential to provide experience with fire dynamics the training environment and fuels permitted make this difficult. This presentation will look specifically at the challenge of creating realistic fire behavior using wood based fuels.
About Karen BoyceKaren Boyce is a Senior Lecturer at Ulster University. She has 30 years of research experience in the field of human behavior and evacuation and, in particular, in the evacuation of those with disabilities. She is well published in the field and contributes elsewhere by her involvement as a member of the Advisory Board Fire and Materials, co-founder and current chair of Human Behaviour in Fire symposium series, recent co- symposium chair of the 12th IAFSS, Phd examining and reviewer for international journals related to fire.About presenation Evacuation of Mixed Ability Populations – Issues for Design and ManagementThis presentation considers the evacuation of mixed ability populations in the context of increasing accessibility and changing demographics (aging, obesity, disabilty). It will consider typical design guidance regarding means of escape and design options for persons with reduced mobility and consider the challenges that designing and managing for mixed ability evacuation presents.
About Nils RosmullerNils Rosmuller (PhD) professor in transportation safety. During his carrier, he has been engaged in safety issues regarding large scale infrastructure project such as tunnels, railways, mainports, transfer facilities. QRA’s, scenario analysis, risk assessment and emergency response are his reoccurring topics. He is editor of the international journal of emergency management, associate director of the Leiden-Delft-Erasmus centre for safety and security and active in several advisory boardsAbout presentation Green vehicles, red flags?Transportation is in transition from using fossil fuels to more sustainable fuels (such as hydrogen, battery packs) as energy source for moving. However, the transition and innovations develop faster than fire brigades are able to keep up with. I will present the innovation and their consequences for emergency responders.
About Simo HostikkaProf. Hostikka started as a fire researcher in 1998 at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland, where his research focused on the methods of probabilistic fire risk analyses and numerical simulations. Since 2001, he has been one of the developers of Fire Dynamics Simulator software. He received his doctorate from Aalto University in 2008. In 2014, he started as an Associate Professor in Fire Safety Engineering at Aalto. About presentation Fire-induced pressure and smoke spread in airtight buildingsFire-induced overpressure has been identified as a potential threat for evacuation and structural integrity in modern buildings with airtight envelopes. Combined with centralized mechanical ventilation, even fire compartmentation can be compromised. Results from experimental and numerical studies are used to highlight these risks and propose means to avoid them.
About Marko HassinenReseach Scientist Marko Hassinen (Ph.D) works at the Emergency Services College (ESC) and is responsible for research and development regarding fire extinguishing and rescue methods. Since joining the ESC, he has done several projects on both fire behavior and extinguishing methods of dwellings, house hold appliances, lithium-ion batteries, just to name a few. He is also active in research aimed at decreasing fire fighter exposure to contaminants. He also actively serves as a part time unit leader for the local fire department, which he joined in 1990.
About presentation Defensive with caution, a strategy for fighting lithium-ion battery firesLithium-ion batteries are abundant in most any field of our daily life. They are found in small electronical devices, but more importantly in large energy storages. Such storages are coming more common with the transition to renewable energy sources. In the perspective of the vast amount of these energy sources in our society, lithium-ion battery fires are rare. However, they do occur regularly and are sometimes difficult to extinguish. Dr Hassinen and his team has made comprehensive set of experiments on how to extinguish a fire in a larger Li-ion battery system and designed an extinguishing system approved by the maritime officials for use in passenger ferries. The presentation gives insight into the methodology and some possible risks involved in Li-ion battery fires.