This is the beginning of the frenzied period
of preparation for the Karlsruhe symposium. The full papers
are submitted and are in the review and selection process.
Anthony Hamins, Matt Bundy, and the program committee are
well organized and have the process well in hand. There
are hundreds of reviewers, indispensable contributors to
a successful symposium. The authors of papers, of course,
are the core of the symposium. There is something special
about working on a paper in the weeks before the deadline,
knowing that hundreds of others in the fire science community
are engaged in the same writing ritual.
Over the holidays my family was visiting my sister-in-law’s
family in Switzerland, so I had the opportunity to visit
Mario Fontana in Zurich, our awards committee chair, and
Dieter Brein in Karlsruhe. Dieter and Hermann showed me
all the meeting venues and recommended some touring spots
in Karlsruhe that made for a fun day for my family as well.
I was very impressed with the facilities they have arranged
for the symposium and the associated social events. The
main venue is the Audimax, a 600 seat auditorium with a
large foyer that will serve well for the poster session
and of course for coffee breaks. The Audimax is easily divided
into two 300 seat rooms and there is a third meeting room
directly adjacent. Our lunches will be in a building almost
next door. Hotels are also convenient to the university.
I expect to walk from my hotel to the meetings in the morning
and an excellent tram service is available at all hours.
I could go on. Suffice it to say that this is a great venue
and we will all enjoy the week immensely.
in January, Bjorn Karlsson and Kristjan Vilhelm Ruriksson
traveled from Iceland to meet with Dan Gottuk, one of the
volume editors for the last symposium, and me. Anthony Hamins
and Matt Bundy were good enough to come over from NIST to
spend part of the day with us. We also met with the printer
we used for the last symposium to update procedures to work
with them. It was a full day and as a result Bjorn is ready
to go and a lot of coordination issues between the program
committee work and the volume editor’s work were sorted
We are planning to have all accepted papers published to
the web before the symposium, with the bound volume shipping
Alpert will be coordinating our new writing mentors program.
In the review process, reviewers will identify good papers
that would benefit from assistance from a writing mentor.
After acceptances are announced in April, writing mentors
will be made available to authors who would benefit from
writing assistance during the revision cycle that ends in
June. Each mentor will be asked to assist on a single paper.
We need IAFSS members to volunteer as writing members. Contact
Ron Alpert if you can help.
the coming months, you will see an evolution of the Karlsruhe
Symposium page at the IAFSS website, with increasing focus
on symposium attendees, rather than authors. The site will
include information about Karlsruhe, about the technical
program, as well as links to the symposium registration
site and hotel reservation site. Of course, since the poster
deadline is in May, poster submission will remain a focus.
The author website will remain active throughout the publication
process to provide guidance and information to authors of
full papers and posters.
planning to make the poster session a real highlight of
the symposium. Charley Fleischmann will post the call for
posters later this month. We want to make the poster session
a meaningful interactive session that will be of great value
to those presenting ongoing research efforts and to the
The IAFSS Committee met in September 2007 in split session;
London at Interflam, and in Hong Kong at AOFST. The committee
approved IAFSS joining CrossRef so that we can assign DOI’s
to IAFSS symposium papers from past and future symposia.
They also approved putting all IAFSS papers online for access
by IAFSS members. The committee considered making the papers
available publicly, but opted for member access to enhance
the value of joining IAFSS. We will be monitoring if this
member benefit increases membership.
are digital object identifiers, which provide the ability
to directly access the paper online. You will see DOI’s
as part of the bibliographic information at the beginning
of any journal article. CrossRef is the DOI system for scholarly
resources which goes well beyond the simple DOI system.
All paper entries into CrossRef have full bibliographic
data indexed, including citations. This will support IAFSS
and others tracking the citation of IAFSS papers. For further
information, go to www.crossref.org. Terry Fay is planning
to have DOI’s assigned and registered this spring.
The process of indexing all the citations in IAFSS papers
is a huge undertaking that will take multiple years to complete.
If you are aware of automation tools for this process, contact
Terry plans to have the IAFSS papers and the Fire Research
Notes collections online fully by early summer with IAFSS
member login to access the full papers electronically. When
this is functional, you will receive an email giving you
login and access information.
go to the books page of the IAFSS website, you will see
that symposium volumes can now be purchased online using
a credit card or paypal account. Mike Hanauska and Carole
Franks have been working on this capability, which we intend
to expand to dues payment by next year. The new capabilities
streamline book purchasing and will do the same for joining
IAFSS and renewing memberships in the future.
to congratulate Vyto Babrauskas, this symposium’s
Emmons Lecturer. We look forward to his lecture at the symposium.
Congratulations to each of the invited lecturers for the
symposium. Titles of the talks are available on the symposium
page of the IAFSS website. Special congratulations are due
to the three student award winners. It will be a treat to
attend their papers at the symposium.
on to your hats! This promises to be a busy and exciting
year at IAFSS.
on the 9th IAFSS Symposium
As of January 14th, 202 Full Papers were submitted for inclusion
in the 9th IAFSS Symposium, which will be held September
21-26, 2008 in Karlsruhe, Germany. There are also 6 invited
papers that will be presented at the Symposium. Information
on the Symposium and Karlsruhe can be found at: http://www.iafss.org/html/karlsruhe/home.htm.
Thanks to our German hosts, the Symposium venue is a lovely
setting. The city of Karlsruhe has an attractive inner city
and surroundings located in the Rhine river valley near
the foothills of the Black Forest.
This Symposium has several new features and promises to
be a dynamic forum for discussion and exchange of ideas
in the field of fire safety science.
On Sunday, September 21, Fred Mowrer has coordinated three
Workshops that offer insight on key issues in fire science,
including structural fire engineering (organized by Susan
spread modeling (organized by Nick Dembsey and Simo Hostikka),
and egress modeling (organized by Steve Gwynne)
• An active poster session is being planned by Charley
Fleischmann with presentations of recent/on-going work and
student posters encouraged. Multiple awards are being planned
for best poster, best student poster, and best graphic image.
• The length of the papers has been substantially
increased (~35 %).
• Copyright to all IAFSS proceeds now resides with
IAFSS. The Editor of the proceedings, Björn Karlsson,
has been working to assure timely publication in late 2008.
2008 Howard W. Emmons Lecture Invited Plenary Lectureship
has been awarded by the Program Committee and goes to Dr.
Vytenis Babrauskas (Fire Science and Technology Inc., Issaquah
WA, USA). His lecture will be on
"Research on Electrical Fires: The State of the Art."
Plenary Speakers selected by the Program Committee were
Professor Andy Buchanan (University of Canterbury, Christchurch,
"The Challenges of Predicting Structural Performance
• Professor Reinhard Grabski (Institute of Fire Department
Saxony-Anhalt, Heyrothsberge, Germany, "Fire Safety
Science in Germany - A Status Report about Research Activities
and Technological Requirements")
• Dr. George Hadjisophocleous (Carleton University,
Ottawa, ON, Canada, "Development of Design Fires for
Performance-Based Fire Safety Design")
• Dr. Haukur Ingason (SP Technical Research Institute
of Sweden, Borås, Sweden, "State of the Art of
Tunnel Fire Research")
• Professor Takeyoshi Tanaka (Kyoto University, Kyoto,
Japan, “Risk-Based Selection of Design Fires to ensure
an Acceptable Level of Evacuation Safety")
that will be addressed during the Symposium include:
Structural Fire Performance
• Compartment Fires
• Flame Spread
• Flames and Fire Dynamics
• Toxic Hazard
• Fire Chemistry
• Material Burning
• Measurement and Test Methods
• Evacuation and Human Behavior Statistics
• Probability and Risk Analysis
• Smoke Control
• Special Applications (explosions, industrial fires,
post-earthquake fires, standards, safety codes, fire safety
management, fire investigation and reconstruction, fire
Papers will receive at least two independent anonymous peer
reviews with the reviewers allocated by the Program Committee.
Final acceptance or rejection of a manuscript will be made
by the 9th Symposium Program Committee. For inclusion in
the Proceedings, oral presentation by an author is required.
Symposium schedule follows:
• January 14 Paper submission deadline
• January 28, 2008 Call for Posters issued
• March 1 Paper reviews due
• May 15 Poster Abstracts submission deadline
• April 15, 2008 Author notification
• June 1, 2008 Final papers due
• September 21-26 Symposium
• Late 2008 Proceedings available
Instructions for authors and a link to the paper submission
site is available on the Author website: http://www.haifire.com/iafss/
Thanks to those who have made the important commitment to
review papers for the Symposium. Your work will assure a
high-quality Symposium. If you have not already volunteered,
please consider helping as a peer reviewer for paper submissions
by contacting the Program Committee by Email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Local Arrangements Committee
D Brein, Chair
Technical Program Committee
A Hamins, Chair, NIST, USA
M Bundy, Deputy Chair, NIST, USA
C Fleischmann, Poster Chair,
U Canterbury, New Zealand
KE Boyce, U Ulster, UK
WK Chow, HK Polytechnic U, China
NA Dembsey, WPI, USA
J-M Franssen, U Liege, Belgium
J Hietaniemi, VTT, Finland
TR Hull, U Central Lancs, UK
J Milke, U Maryland, USA
A Sekizawa, U Tokyo, Japan
M Simonson, SP, Sweden
JL Torero, U Edinburgh, UK
H-Z Yu, FM Global, USA
D Yung, Yung & Associates, Canada
New Format for the Poster Session
at the 9th IAFSS Symposium
The program committee is actively working to expand the
poster session at the 9th IAFSS Symposium to be held September
21-26, 2008 in Karlsruhe, Germany. Posters will be presented
during a separate, less formal, session to allow authors
to exhibit and discuss their work in progress or completed
work. Students are especially encouraged to submit work
in progress posters for presentation. This session is designed
to foster a collegial environment where authors and attendees
can discuss their research interests and make or renew relationships
to help foster collaboration. The program committee is keen
to increase participation in the poster session and drinks
and nibbles will be provided. The call for posters and images
is included on the symposium website available through the
IAFSS homepage http://www.iafss.org/.
For the first time, there will be three awards given out
for the posters presented at the symposium. Two new awards
will be given for the Best Poster Award and Best Student
Poster Award. Awards will be based on technical content,
organization, and visual presentation. A special Audience
Choice Award will be awarded based on popular vote of the
Science Image Award
In addition to the posters we are also planning a Fire Science
Image Competition. Images are to be non-commercial fire
science related images and can be experimental, numerical
visualization, or actual events. There will be designated
display area for the images within the poster session. Images
should be between A5 (148 mm x 210 mm) and A4 (210 mm x
297 mm) in size.
Images will be submitted through the IAFSS website between
June 15 and September 15, 2008 for review and acceptance.
Submissions should include a caption no longer than 100
words, describing the image. A special award for the best
fire research image will be awarded based on originality,
scientific significance, and artistic/aesthetic appeal.
Selection will be made by the poster awards committee. Winning
images may be posted on the IAFSS website. So either start
working on your new images or dust off your old ones for
this new initiative at the 9th Symposium. The call for posters
and images is included on the symposium website available
through the IAFSS homepage http://www.iafss.org/.
The program committee is keen to increase participation
in the poster session and is looking for organizations that
are interested in sponsoring either the food and drinks
or one of the poster session awards. Anyone interested in
sponsorship should contact Charley Fleischmann, (Poster
Session Chair) email@example.com. Please
respond with preliminary interest by April 1, 2008.
the first time ever, three workshops will be held in conjunction
with the 9th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science
to be held in Karlsruhe, Germany, from 21-26 September,
2008. The workshops will be held concurrently from 1:00
to 5:00 PM on Sunday, September 21, 2008. The workshop topics
and organizers include:
Egress modeling, organized by Dr. Steve Gwynne;
• Flame spread modeling, organized by Prof. Nick Dembsey
and Mr. Simo Hostikka;
• Structural fire engineering, organized by Dr. Susan
workshop organizers are selecting panel members to lead
the discussions within each session. Further information
on each workshop will be provided in advance of the symposium.
Please check the IAFSS Symposium website (http://www.iafss.org/html/karlsruhe/home.htm#)
for up-to-date information on the workshops.
workshops will be held in meeting rooms within the conference
hotel. Due to space constraints, attendance will be limited
to the first 50 participants signing up for each workshop.
A fee of 35 Euros will be charged to offset the cost of
holding the workshops. Please make your plans now to participate
in one of the workshops.
IAFSS Awards for Excellence in Research
wishes to announce the three best research dissertations
which have been successfully defended during the three year
period from 1st August 2005 to 31st July 2007. One award
is made for three IAFSS regions. The winners are:
• Asia / Oceania: Johannes A W Dimyadi, Univeristy
of Canterbury, NZ. Generating FDS Fire Simulation Input
using IFC-based Building Information Model.
• The Americas: Ali Rangwala, University of California,
San Diego. Flame Spread Analysis using a Variable B-Number.
• Europe / Africa: Markus Knobloch, ETH Zurich. On
the load-carrying behavior of steel sections subjected to
local buckling and fire.
The three winners have been invited to present papers at
the 9th IAFSS Symposium in Karlsruhe in September 2008.
Mentor Volunteers Needed for 9th IAFSS Symposium
assist 9th IAFSS symposium authors for whom English is a
second language, IAFSS is instituting a Writing Mentors
Program. The program is being coordinated by Ron Alpert,
the editor of J. of Fire Protection Engineering and retired
FM Global researcher. If you are willing to act as a writing
mentor, please contact Ron at firstname.lastname@example.org. Each
writing mentor will be asked to assist with improving communication
quality only for a single paper. As a part of the paper
selection process, the program committee will identify successful
paper authors who would benefit from the Writing Mentors
Program. Ron Alpert will match these authors with writing
mentors, based upon common research interests. The name
of the appropriate writing mentor will be provided to the
author in the acceptance letter to be sent before 15 April
2008. The author and writing mentor will communicate over
the period 15 April until 1 June, when the final paper submission
is required. Senior researchers are especially encouraged
to volunteer as writing mentors. Thanks in advance for your
contribution to the success of the symposium.
Seeks Bids for the 11th International Symposium to be Held
in Asia-Oceana in 2014
IAFSS is seeking bids from the Asia-Oceana region for hosting
the 11th IAFSS Symposium to be held in 2014. Selection of
the site for the 2014 symposium will be made at the IAFSS
Committee meeting to be held in Karlsruhe in September 2008,
where bidders will make presentations to the committee.
Those interested in hosting the symposium should contact
Dr. Beyler or the secretariat for instructions on the preparation
of bids. Prior symposia in the Asia-Oceana region have been
held in Tokyo (2nd), Melbourne (5th) and Beijing (8th).The
10th IAFSS Symposium will be held at the University of Maryland,
The Awards Committee is Seeking Nominations
for the Kawagoe Gold Medal
Kawagoe Gold Medal is presented by the IAFSS at each triennial
symposium in recognition of lifelong career achievement
in and contributions to fire safety. It is named in honor
of Professor Kawagoe, one of the founding fathers of fire
safety science. Previous recipients of the medal were A.
Robertson, P.H. Thomas, H.E. Nelson, D. Drysdale, and S.
Yokoi. Nominations for the award should be forwarded to
Prof. Fontana, Chairman of the Awards Committee.
Asia-Oceania Symposium on Fire Science and Technology
among fire scientists and engineers of Asia-Oceania countries
are very strong, and there are big construction projects
requiring special fire safety design. The Asia-Oceania Association
for Fire Science and Technology (AOAFST) was established
in 1995 to improve the level of basic fire science and technology
in the Asia-Oceania region for satisfying the demand. Now,
AOAFST is one of the most successful branch organizations
Asia-Oceania Symposium for Fire Science and Technology (AOFST)
is one of the most important activities of the AOAFST. The
7th AOFST Symposium was held successfully from 20 to 22
September, 2007 at the Hongkong International Trade &
Exhibition Centre, Hong Kong.
The Symposium was organized by Professor W.K. Chow, Area
of Strength: Fire Safety Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic
University, Hong Kong; the Technical Committee chaired by
Professor Y. Hasemi, Waseda University, Japan; and financially
supported by Mr. J.C. Yang, China Public Security, official
journal of the Ministry of Public Security, People’s
Republic of China. There are also local sponsorship from
the Research Engineering Development Façade Consultants
Limited and Asia Aluminum Holdings Limited.
Opening Addresses were delivered by Mr. J.K. Kwok, JP, Director
of Fire Services Department; and Honorary Address by Mr.
H.W. Cheung, JP, Director of Buildings Department, government
of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. As the Asia-Oceania
Association for Fire Science and Technology
As the Asia-Oceania Association for Fire Science and Technology
(AOAFST) is under the International Association for Fire
Safety Science (IAFSS), Dr. Craig Beyler, Chairman of IAFSS
gave a warm welcome address.
Over two hundred delegates attended including experts from
Japan, Korea, China, Singapore, India, Russia, UK, USA,
Canada, Australia, France, Finland and the Netherlands.
Ten invited lectures and seventy-three presentations were
delivered. Awards were presented to Professor T. Hirano,
Professor W.C. Fan and Professor Victor Bulgakov for founding
and active promotion of AOAFST, and to Dr. Caird Ramsay
for promotion of AOAFST.
Reception where all experts brought their special wines
from their countries was held in the nference Banquet.
symposium, Professor W.K. Chow was elected as the President
of AOAFST. A meeting discussing how to promote AOAFST was
then held afterward on 21 September, 2007. There, an executive
committee was set up with vice-presidents and committee
members invited to be nominated.
next AOFST Symposium is proposed to be held in Sydney, Australia
Association for Fire Science and Technology (AOAFST)
to the 7th Asia-Oceania Symposium for Fire Science and Technology
(AOFST) mentioned above, three new Vice-Presidents of the
AOAFST were selected:
• Professor Shinichi SUGAHARA, Tokyo University of
Science, Japan.• Professor Jinhua SUN, University
of Science and Technology of China, China.
• Dr. Yaping HE, University of Western Sydney, Australia.
The announcement can be found at AOAFST website: http://hk.geocities.com/aoafst/index.html.
FROM OTHER ORGANISATIONS
Brady Williamson Has Passed Away
international fire science community lost a most influential
pioneer when Professor Brady Williamson passed away on August
1, 2007, just after the last edition of this Newsletter
was published. During his very productive years at the University
of California at Berkeley (UCB), Prof Williamson became
well known for his research on fire resistance and on characterising
the hazards of plastics, and as a pioneer in education in
thefire sciences. He created a strong fire research community
at UCB that was to become very influential in the field.
Numerous well known scientists and engineers have been graduated
from the educational and research environment created at
UCB by Prof Williamson. He played a pivotal role in establishing
fire safety engineering and science as true scientific disciplines.
A very touching tribute to Prof Brady Williamson, written
by two of his students, Dr Vyto Babraukas and Dr Joe Zicherman,
was published as an obituary in the journal Fire and Materials,
Volume 31, Number 6, pages 355-357, October 2007.
Appointments in Academia
During the last year, there have been quite a number of
new faculty members in fire science or engineering in universities
around the world and a number of other positions that have
become open. In the July issue of the Newsletter, we reported
that Richard Hull had been appointed Professor of Chemistry
and Fire Science at the University of Central Lancashire,
in Preston, UK and that Patrick Van Hees had become a Professor
in Fire Safety Engineering at Lund University in Sweden.
Subsequently we learned that Joe Urbas had joined the faculty
of the University of North Carolina (Charlotte), Brian Meacham
had joined the faculty of Worcester Polytechnic Institute
and Brian Lattimer had joined the faculty of Virginia Tech
(Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University).
In this issue of the Newsletter we are running advertisements
for faculty positions at Worcester Polytechnic Institute,
Carleton University, University of Ulster, University of
Canterbury, and Oklahoma State University. Clearly the discipline
Coordinator for CIB W14 on Fire
Programme Committee of the International Council for Research
and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) has appointed
Prof. George Hadjisophocleous as the new Coordinator of
CIB W014 on Fire. Prof. Hadjisophocleous is the holder of
an Industrial Research Chair in Fire Safety Engineering
at Carleton University in Canada. While CIB provides a global
network for international exchange and cooperation in research
and innovation in building and construction, CIB W14’s
overall objectives are to provide an ongoing focus for development
of a sound technical basis for fire safety engineering methods
as tools in performance-based design.
International Forum of Fire Research Directors has selected
Dr. Richard Gann of NIST to receive the Sjölin Award
for 2007. The Sjölin Award recognizes an outstanding
contribution to the science or an advance in the state of
the art in fire safety engineering practice of extraordinary
significance. It is presented each year to the individual
whose effort is primarily responsible for or traceable to
the specific advance. The Forum recognized two outstanding
contributions of extraordinary significance that Dr. Gann
has made: (1) quantifying the propensity of cigarettes to
ignite soft furnishings, and (2) providing the scientific
foundation for selecting fire suppressants for aircraft
applications. The significance of the first contribution
has been firmly established, and has enabled ASTM to develop
a standard for rating different cigarette designs that has
been adopted in legislation by numerous states and Canada
for all cigarettes sold in their respective jurisdictions.
The second contribution has guided the selection of optimal
candidates to substitute for halon 1301 in existing aircraft
engine nacelles, and has produced the seminal report on
the science of modern fire suppression technologies. The
Award consists of a check for $2000 and a plaque that will
be handed out at the 2008 symposium of the International
Association of Fire Safety Science. Congratulations on receiving
the 2007 award, joining Geoff Cox, Dougal Drysdale, Vyto
Babrauskas, Jim Quintiere, and Paula Beever who have been
former recipients of the Sjölin Award.
New Research Facilities - University
The Fire Protection Engineering Department has moved to
its new venue in the penthouse of the JM Patterson building
at the University of Maryland. All the departmental activities
are consolidated in one integrated site. Here are few examples
of the new facilities:
The new FM Global Welcome Center in the Department of Fire
Protection Engineering is now fully operational. The Center
provides a comfortable environment for prospective students,
visitors and members of the Department. A flat screen display
provides information concerning careers in fire protection
engineering and research activities within the Department
and at other major research facilities. Surrounding the
screen are graphics that highlight the challenges, opportunities
and rewards of the FPE profession, showcasing alumni of
the Department. The Welcome Center is made possible through
a generous gift from FM Global. The gift from FM Global
is also used towards the construction and equipment of a
new experimental Laboratory, called the FM Global Fire Phenomena
The Fire Phenomena Laboratory, under construction and scheduled
to open during summer 2008, will provide state of the art
facilities to support technical excellence in research and
education. The 1000 ft2 laboratory will offer a controlled
environment for conducting sophisticated fire experiments.
This laboratory will house a salt-water facility for exploring
fire induced flows, a 6 ft ? 12 ft vibration-isolated optical
breadboard for studying detailed flame characteristics,
and modular workspaces for a variety of bench-scale experiments.
Advanced diagnostics including Particle Image Velocimetry
(PIV), Planar Laser Induced Fluorescence (PLIF), and thin
filament pyrometry will be available. By applying advanced
diagnostics to canonical fire configurations, the FM Global
Fire Phenomena Laboratory will provide new knowledge to
improve the theoretical understanding of fire dynamics.
In turn, this new knowledge will yield advances in the predictive
capabilities of advanced fire modeling software, hence providing
new tools to produce tangible improvements in fire hazard
assessment and loss prevention.
On Monday, November 5, the Department of Fire Protection
Engineering opened an upgraded Computer Laboratory, named
the UL Fire Modeling Laboratory and sponsored by Underwriters
Laboratories Inc. The UL Computer Laboratory is located
in a spacious room near the FM Global Welcome Center.
It is equipped with 16 new workstations, a new printer,
and new furniture. Extra tables provide space for teaching,
team work, and additional users bringing their own Laptops
and using the JMP building Wireless network.
Other significant contributors to the new Department facilities
include BFPE, CCI, East Coast Fire Protection, EBL, Hughes
Associates, Koffel Associates, RJA, Schirmer Engineering,
and numerous individual alumni and friends.
University London - Linking Fire and Explosion Safety Research
year is the 10th anniversary of fire research at Kingston
University London (KU), UK. The Centre for Fire and Explosion
Studies at KU started 10 years ago as a small group with
one academic, two post-doctoral research fellows and two
PhD students. There are now four full-time academics with
expertise in fire and explosion modelling, radiation heat
transfer, structure response and premixed combustion, four
post-doctoral research fellows and 11 PhD students with
further vacancies being advertised. The Centre is also supported
by two visiting professors with expertise in explosion safety
and experimental aspect of fire research. Almost immediately
following the successful completion of the EU funded FIRENET
(Under-ventilated compartment fires) project in which KU
lead a consortium of 8 European partners and one sub-contractor,
the Centre teamed up with energy giant BP and the Health
and Safety Executive’s Health and Safety Laboratory
to train six Marie Curie Researchers for fire and explosion
studies relating to the emerging hydrogen economy with the
support of a 1M Euro grant from the European Commission.
Through this project, the Centre has realised its ambition
to link fire and explosion research, from fire propagation
to flame acceleration, from backdraft to vapour cloud explosion
and from explosion induced fires to follow on explosions
which could be triggered by these fires. In the mean time,
the Centre has maintained its activities in compartment
fires, watermist for fire suppression and explosion control,
radiation heat transfer, soot modelling, the analysis of
glazing behaviour in fire environment and FRP Strengthening
of Structural Elements at elevated temperature and fires.
Looking ahead, the Centre will continue to combine fundamental
research with applications. It also plans to initiate work
on aircraft fires and fire and explosion investigations.
Professor Jennifer X Wen, email@example.com).
University and BRANZ have been awarded funding by the Foundation
for Research Science and Technology (FRST), Building Research
and the Department of Building and Housing for the next
five years to develop the BRANZFIRE zone model as part of
a tool to support risk based fire engineering in New Zealand.
tool will have a database of building contents and will
account for item to item fire spread. The performance of
active and passive fire safety systems will also be included.
Probability distributions generated by the tool will be
used as a way in which compliance can be shown through a
probabilistic statement of performance. The funding will
include support for at least one PhD scholarship and also
one or two Masters scholarships each year.
University is also pleased to have the support of Arup Fire
Australia for a new post-doctoral position in fire engineering.
Arup already helps Masters students through their annual
scholarship and this new funding is a significant increase
in their input into the programme. The post-doc will contribute
to teaching and research activities as well as providing
an opportunity for a new researcher to develop their career.
University has created an online digital library of PhD
and Masters theses that can be accessed from http://library.canterbury.ac.nz/databases/dig_lib_copyright.shtml.
Selected research project reports are not required to be
placed into the digital library so selected ones will be
available at http://www.civil.canterbury.ac.nz/fire/fe_resrch_reps.shtml.
the University is creating repository of research outputs
such as journal articles and conference papers which can
be accessed by outside users. The repository can be found
of Leeds - Short Courses
University of Leeds will offer the following Continuing
Professional Development (CPD) short courses in 2008:
• Flame Retardancy and Flammability of Polymers &
Textiles (7 - 9 April 2008)
• Gas, vapour and dust Explosion Hazards, prediction,
protection and mitigation (9 - 13 June 2008)
• Fire & Explosion Investigation (15 - 19 September
• Fire Dynamics & Modelling (22 - 26 September
• Fire Safety Design (10 - 14 November 2008)
More information can be found at www.engineering.leeds.ac.uk/cpd
Use of Simulation for Fire Safety:
Developments in the Netherlands
2005, the Netherlands Institute for Safety NIFV has been
working on a long-term research program on the use of simulation
in the field of fire safety. The program is funded by the
Ministry of the Interior. The goal of this program is to
develop knowledge about the use and application of simulation
in fire safety and to pass it on to local and regional authorities,
including fire brigades.
The program started with a study of the state-of-the-art
of simulations in the field of fire safety to get an overview
of fire simulation models used by several consultants. Subsequently,
a database was built containing documents used for licensing
by authorities, and in the spring of 2008, competences and
knowledge about the use and application of simulation will
be measured at local and regional authorities.
with the University of Eindhoven and IBPSA-VNL, NIFV recently
started a benchmark study of fire safety related simulation
models. Fifteen consultants perform a simulation of fire
and smoke movement and development with different models
in three cases. This study will give insight into the background
of similarities and differences of their results. With this
information, it is aimed to write guidance for authorities
to support them in their assessments of simulation of fire
Columbia Southern University
degree programs are becoming increasingly popular with fire
departments and organizations all over the United States.
Columbia Southern University, a nationally accredited and
completely online university, holds partnerships with more
than 45 fire organizations. One of the nation’s first
completely online universities, Columbia Southern University
was developed to meet the demand for alternatives to the
traditional university experience. Degree programs were
designed to fit around the work schedules of firefighters,
police, and others with demanding and unpredictable occupations.
Partner fire organizations receive a 10 percent tuition
discount and an application fee waiver. Orange Beach Fire
and Rescue, New York Fire Department, Iowa City Fire Department,
and Tampa Fire and Rescue are just a few of the fire organizations
on the list of Columbia Southern University partnerships.
To learn more about Columbia Southern University partnerships,
on the Dalmarnock Fire Tests
November 14, a symposium was held in Glasgow on the large-scale
fire tests conducted in a high-rise building in Dalmarnock,
Glasgow (UK). The experiments and modelling exercises are
described in a 220-page book The Dalmarnock Fire Tests:
Experiments and Modelling, G. Rein, C. Abecassis Empis &
R. Carvel (Eds), which has been published by School of Engineering
and Electronics, University of Edinburgh. Copies of the
book can be ordered online at: http://www.see.ed.ac.uk/FIRESEAT/publications.html.
The Fire Protection Research Foundation
Foundation has recently issued five reports which reflect
the completion of major research projects undertaken over
the past year:
• Protection of Combustible Liquids Stored in Composite
Intermediate Bulk Containers. Phase II.
• Public Perceptions of High-rise Building Safety
and Emergency Evacuation Procedures.
• Development of a Technical Basis for Carbon Monoxide
• Fire Safety in Consumer Fireworks Storage and Retail
Facilities – Hazard Assessment Literature Review.
Visit www.nfpa.org/foundation for full copies of the reports.
of Canterbury (NZ) – Lecturer or Senior Lecturer
are invited for a full-time continuing (tenured) academic
position at the level of Lecturer or Senior Lecturer (equivalent
to Assistant or Associate Professor, respectively, in the
US system) in Fire and Structural Engineering. Applicants
should hold a Ph.D. degree in an appropriate discipline.
Tertiary teaching experience, expertise in both fire engineering
and structural engineering (including the design of fire
safety in buildings), and good contacts with the fire engineering
profession, will be an advantage. The ability to teach other
courses (e.g. mathematical modelling, risk management) will
also be an advantage, as will research and teaching interests
in one or more of the following: performance of active fire
safety systems; human behaviour in fires, fire risk assessment;
performance of concrete/steel/timber structures in fires.
The appointee will teach fire engineering and the design
of buildings for fire safety, at the undergraduate and postgraduate
levels, and will be expected to have a commitment to excellence
in teaching at both levels. The appointee will be expected
to establish a vigorous and high quality research programme,
in collaboration with University colleagues and the structural
fire engineering profession, and to supervise the research
of B.E. (Hons), Masters and Ph.D. students in fire and/or
structural engineering. The appointee will also be expected
to promote fire safety in buildings among practising engineers
and architects (via Continuing Professional Development
courses and seminars), to liaise with the New Zealand Fire
Service Commission (to identify research needs and opportunities),
to participate in the activities of the Department's Advisory
Committees (including the Fire Engineering Advisory Committee),
and to contribute to other
Departmental activities. Applicants should submit a Curriculum
Vitae with the names and contact details of three referees,
plus a 1-2 page application letter outlining their research
interests and goals, their teaching philosophy, and how
they would contribute to the teaching of fire engineering
and fire safety in buildings. For further details see the
UC Vacancies website at:
Closing Date: 14 March 2008
of Canterbury (NZ) – Postdoctoral Fellow / Research
are invited for a Postdoctoral Fellow or Research Associate
in the field of fire research. This three year fixed term
position is co-funded by Arup (http://www.arup.com/) and
the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering
(www.civil.canterbury.ac.nz). We are seeking an exceptional
candidate who will complement the Department's current research
activities. The appointee will take an active part in the
Department's fire research programme within an international,
cross-disciplinary team, supervise M.E. and Ph.D. students,
and there will be opportunities to participate in undergraduate
and postgraduate teaching.
appointee will also be involved in collaborative activities
with industry. The successful applicant will have completed
a Ph.D. in fire science or engineering (or a closely related
subject) for the postdoctoral position. Applicants nearing
completion of their Ph.D. in fire science or engineering
(or a closely related subject) will also be considered in
the capacity of Research Associate.
appointee will have excellent communication skills and written
English, and have a strong research background in any area
of fire science or engineering.
For further details see the UC Vacancies website at:
Informal enquiries about this position can be made to Michael
Closing Date: 20 March 2008 (late applications will be considered
until the vacancy is filled)
of Canterbury (NZ) - PhD position
are being sought for a PhD scholarship to support research
into developing a tool to support risk based fire engineering
in New Zealand. Candidates must have an interest in risk-based
fire engineering and having modelling and/or programming
skills would be an advantage. The scholarship covers fees
and living expenses for 3 years. The PhD student will be
part of a new research programme which has been awarded
to the University and BRANZ by the Foundation for Research
Science and Technology (FRST), Building Research and the
Department of Building and Housing. Applications must include
a CV that details achievements, publications, background
and two references. For further information please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org or see http://www.civil.canterbury.ac.nz/fire/fe_scholarship.shtml.
Deadline for applications is the end of March 2008. The
fire engineering group at the University is one of the leading
organisations carrying out research into fire engineering
and science in Australasia. We have two fully equipped laboratories
and access to specialised high performance computational
facilities - for more information see http://www.civil.canterbury.ac.nz/fire/firehome.shtml.
We also have close links with other research organisations,
industry and the New Zealand Fire Service.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Department of Fire Protection Engineering at Worcester Polytechnic
Institute invites applications at all levels for a tenure\tenure-track
faculty position beginning in the 2008-2009 academic year.
Required qualifications include: an earned doctorate in
Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering,
Electrical Engineering, Fire Protection Engineering, or
a closely related field; vision and passion for growing
our Ph.D. program; a demonstrated record of scholarly research;
a strong commitment to teaching; and excellent communication
The position is in the general area of Fire Protection Engineering
and the primary areas of specialty interest include computational
modeling; detection; advanced suppression and modeling of
suppression; fire investigation; forensic analysis; fire
protection systems; structural design for fire; and combustion.
Candidates in other areas will be considered.
successful candidate will be responsible for teaching courses
and advising M.S. thesis and Ph.D. dissertations in traditional
areas of fire protection engineering. The candidate will
be expected to develop and sustain externally funded research
programs that are accompanied by scholarly activities. Applications
from women and minority candidates are especially encouraged.
For full consideration, applicants must send curriculum
vitae, statement of teaching and research interests, and
a list of five professional references by March 15th, 2008
to: Kathy A. Notarianni, Professor and Head, Department
of Fire Protection Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute,
100 Institute Road, Worcester, MA 01609 (USA). The Position
will remain open until filled.
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carleton
University, Ottawa, Canada invites applications for a tenure-track
faculty position in Fire Safety Engineering at the Assistant
Professor level. Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in
civil engineering or a closely related discipline, with
expertise and experience in Fire Safety. The successful
candidate will be expected to develop and lead a strong
independent research program, to teach undergraduate and
graduate level courses, and to participate in the governance
of the university. Candidates are expected to have a strong
track record of teaching, research and collaboration with
industry in the field of Fire Safety. The Department has
an intensive research enterprise including an NSERC Industrial
Research Chair in Fire Safety Engineering. Candidates will
have access to the Department’s world-class laboratories
for conducting experimental research, including a structural
laboratory with strong floor, a new $10 million state-of-the-art
fire-testing laboratory and a new high performance cluster
computing facility. Further information on the Department
is available from the web site http://www.cee.carleton.ca.
Applications, with curriculum vitae and the names of three
referees, should be sent via email to: Professor Abd El
Halim, Chair, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering,
Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario,
Canada, K1S 5B6.
Email: email@example.com Applications will be accepted
until the position is filled.
University of Ulster – HySAFER
University of Ulster has just advertised two new positions
in the Hydrogen Safety Engineering and Research (HySAFER)
1. Lecturer in Safety of Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Technologies
2. Hydrogen Safety Business Manager (3 years in the first
Application packs can be downloaded from http://jobs.ulster.ac.uk/jobs.phtml.
The deadline for application is the 8th of February 2008.
of Ulster - Fire Dynamics and Material Flammability
position is open for a Lecturer in Fire Dynamics and Material
Flammability with Fire SERT at the Jordanstown Campus. The
Fire Safety Engineering Research and Technology Centre (FireSERT),
which is part of the School of the Built Environment, is
a multi-disciplinary team of scientists and engineers working
on fire safety in a laboratory facility, which is unique
on the island of Ireland. The post-holder will provide teaching,
programme development and research consistent with the area
of fire dynamics and material flammability, as they relate
to fire safety design in the built environment. Applicants
must have experience of analytical and numerical modelling
of pyrolysis and gaseous combustion. The closing date for
applications is February 8, 2008. Further information and
application forms are available at http://jobs.ulster.ac.uk/display_job.phtml?id=2463#
Oklahoma State University
Applications are invited for a nine-month Tenure Track faculty
position (open rank) in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering
Technology at Oklahoma State University (OSU), Stillwater
Campus. Primary responsibilities include teaching, recruiting,
advising students, and conducting outreach activities. The
successful candidate must be able to teach in at least one
of the following areas: Fire Safety Engineering, Fire Dynamics,
Fire Suppression and Detection Systems, Occupational Safety,
Process Safety, and/or Industrial Hygiene. Minimum qualifications
include a master's degree in engineering, engineering technology,
occupational safety and health/industrial hygiene, or a
related discipline and 3 years of professional experience.
Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated
expertise in fire protection. An earned doctorate and designations
such as the Professional Engineer, Certified Safety Professional
and/or Certified Industrial Hygienist and teaching experience
Applications must include a letter of application with a
statement of teaching philosophy, curriculum vita, and the
names, addresses and phone numbers of three references.
Send applications to Dr. Michael Larrañaga, Head,
School of Fire Protection and Safety, Oklahoma State University,
499 Cordell South, Stillwater, OK 74078.
The preferred hire date is August 15, 2008, and formal review
of Applications will begin April 1, 2008
National Institute of Standards and
Technology – Research Positions
Fire Research Division at NIST in Gaithersburg, MD (USA)
is soliciting applications for
openings that are anticipated in 2008 for U.S. citizens
that are engineers, mathematicians, and scientists with
BS, MS or PhD degrees with the following backgrounds: chemistry,
physics, applied mathematics, polymer engineering, chemical
engineering, fire protection engineering, mechanical engineering,
and computer science. the full advertisement can be found
Software (Risk Products section) is looking to hire a Mathematical
Modeller / Application Engineer. Risk Products is responsible
for the development of a suite of software products which
span hazard, risk and reliability engineering applications
within the chemical, petrochemical, offshore and other allied
industries. The main responsibility of the successful candidate
would be to develop, support and maintain the mathematical
models integrated into DNV’s Safety software products.
Previous experience in hazard assessment, consequence modelling
and risk analysis is desirable – for more senior roles
proven capabilities via acknowledged publications in journals
and conferences is desired. A degree of flexibility is possible
within the exact role definition so applications are invited
from those with professional experience levels in the range
1-10 years. The successful candidate will have a good degree
(2:1 or above) in a related subject area and/or a Ph.D.
in mathematics, physics, numerical analysis or fluid dynamics.
A strong scientific background would be ideal, linked with
good programming skills. Please email CV or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
for more information.
Fire Protection Research Foundation presents in 11th annual
Detection and Suppression Research and Applications symposium,
March 11-13, 2008 at the International Plaza Resort and
Spa, Orlando Florida. This year’s detection program
features presentations on key fire alarm performance issues
such as waking effectiveness, intelligibility and reliability,
the latest research on detection capability, and a special
session on the newest forms of detection technology ranging
from video based systems to passive microwave detection.
The suppression program features an update on new research
on Class C fire extinguishment, damage reduction strategies,
sprinkler and water mist suppression challenges, and commercial
application halon replacement strategies. Partial registration
options are available as are ample networking opportunities
with leading colleagues in the fire protection field. Visit
http://nfpa.org/foundation to view the full program and
International Symposium on Tunnel Safety and Security
continues to be global concern for improving tunnel safety
and security. In response to this concern, the 3rd International
Symposium on Tunnel Safety and Security will be held March
12-14, 2008 in Stockholm, Sweden. The Symposium has been
moved to Stockholm to coincide with other tunnel related
meetings in Stockholm that week. The program for the Symposium
and information concerning registration can be found at
on Performance Based Codes & Fire Safety Design Methods
7th International Conference on Performance Based Codes
& Fire Safety Design Methods will be convened April
16-18, 2008 in Auckland, New Zealand. This conference, which
has been hosted by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers
along with several partner organisations over the years,
has earned a reputation among the fire protection engineering
committee as the preeminent event for information on the
leading-edge technology in the areas of performance-based
codes and engineering design methods. More details on the
conference can be found at www.sfpe.org.
& Fire Safety
6th International Scientific Conference Wood & Fire
Safety will be convened May 11-15 at the Patria Hotel, Štrbské
Pleso, Slovak Republic.
The conference, which has been convened every four years
since 1988 provides an ideal venue for scientific exchange
among international experts in fire safety and wood-based
products. The deadline for receipt of papers and posters
is February 15, 2008. More information can be found at http://www.wfs.tuzvo.sk.
International Symposium on Fire Investigation
Science and Technology (ISFI)
19-21, 2008, ISFI 2008 be held at the University of Cincinnati’s
Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center and Hotel. ISFI is
the biennial professional symposium specializing in the
application of modern fire science and technology to fire
investigations and analyses. It is a truly international
gathering of fire investigation and fire science experts
from a worldwide spectrum of the professional community.
Organized by the National Association of Fire Investigators,
ISFI 2008 will bring together a internationally respected
fire investigation professionals to present and discuss
the cutting edge of the profession’s knowledge base
in fire investigation science, research, technology, and
methodology. ISFI 2008 is accepting abstracts, not exceeding
750 words, for lecture presentations or posters. The deadline
for the submission of abstracts is January 15, 2008. Information
concerning the conference, the venue, hotel reservations,
exhibits hall, etc. can be found on the conference website:
7th International Symposium on Hazards,
Prevention, and Mitigation of Industrial Explosions
special session on Hydrogen Safety will be organized during
the 7th International Symposium on Hazards, Prevention,
and Mitigation of Industrial Explosions (ISHPMIE) to be
held in St. Petersburg, Russia, July 7-11, 2008. Please
find more information about this international gathering
at www.ishpmie2008.ru. This is a great opportunity to meet
together, this time in a north capital of Russia, and disseminate
new findings in area of hydrogen safety.
International Conference on Composites in Fire
5th International Conference on Composites in Fire will
be held July 10-11, 2008 at the University of Newcastle
(UK). The fire response of composites is a critical factor
in virtually all engineering applications of these materials.
The Composites In Fire (CIF) conferences exist to transfer
understanding, technology and research results from major
programmes in Europe, the USA and Australia. Since CIF-4,
which was held in 2005, substantial progress.
has taken place in testing and modelling the problem of
fire resistance of composite structures. It is the purpose
of CIF-5 to report this progress and transfer the technologies
and techniques developed to industry. For more information
on CIF-5, visit the website at CmpositesInFire.com, or contact
the CIF-5 organiser at email@example.com or at
+ 44 (0) 191 284 7590.
Congress “Smoke Control in Buildings and Tunnels”
A Call for Papers for the International Congress on “Smoke
Control in Buildings and Tunnels” has been issued.
The congress will be hosted by GIDAI - University of Cantabria
(Spain) on October 15-17, 2008. Abstracts of the paper must
be submitted to the organisers by May 23, 2008. For information
regarding the abstract guidelines please visit http://grupos.unican.es/gidai.
Symposium on Advances in the State of the Art of Fire Testing
Committee E05 on Fire Standards is sponsoring a symposium
on the "Advances in the State of the Art of Fire Testing",
Thursday December 11, 2008 in Miami, Florida, USA. The symposium
will be held in conjunction with the December 7-10, 2008
standards development meetings of ASTM Committee E05. Advances
in new technologies and materials, and how they will be
incorporated into fire testing, are addressed in this symposium.
Additional information on the symposium can be found at
http://www.astm.org or by contacting the Symposium Chairman
Arthur J. Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone
at +1 410 737 8677.
Conference EUROFIRE, Application of Fire Engineering
EUROFIRE, Application of Fire Engineering will be hosted
by the Czech Technical University in Prague on 19-20 February
2009. Today’s European practice is more and more enjoying
the advantages of fire design. The conference will be focused
on the application of simple and advanced design of concrete,
steel and timber structures. The experimental findings,
its combination with calculations, and the FE simulations
will be stressed. The conference will be focussed on fire
modelling, simulation of the transfer of heat and its distribution
into structure and modelling of structures at elevated temperature
with the help computer programs or structural Eurocodes.
Abstracts must be submitted by September 30, 2008; acceptance
of abstracts will be announced by October 30, 2008; and
full papers must be received by January 15, 2009. For more
information please visit www.fsv.cvut.cz/eurofiredesign
or forward an email message to email@example.com.
you renewed your membership to the IAFSS for 2008? If not,
please do so now!
that membership of IAFSS entitles you to discount Symposium
fees at the
9th international IAFSS symposium at Karlsruhe.
the IAFSS website: http:/iafss.org and download a renewal
membership form or just call the IAFSS Secretariat and renew
over the phone. Call Lisa on +44 0208 692 5050
a colleague who is not a member to become one!
2005 Symposium Proceedings
Members Price $100 / £62
All past symposium proceedings now available for on-line
via credit card or PayPal account
just go to http://www.iafss.org/html/books.htm
and follow the links for online purchase for each book
Chairman: Dr Craig Beyler
Prof Mario Fontana, Switzerland
Prof Yuji Hasemi, Japan
Dr James Mehaffey, Canada
Prof Bogdan Dlugogorski, Australia
Dr Robert Bill, USA
Immediate Past Chairman: Prof Dougal Drysdale
Prof Geoff Cox, UK
Prof Fan Weicheng, China
Members: Dr Vytenis Babrauskas , USA
Mr Dieter Brein, Germany
Prof W-K Chow , Hong Kong, China
Dr David Evans, USA
Dr Charles Fleischmann, New Zealand
Dr Anthony Hamins, USA Dr Yaping He, Australia
Prof Pierre Joulain, France
Dr Björn Karlsson, Iceland
Dr Suresh Kumar, UK
Prof Patrick Pagni, USA
Dr Guylène Proulx, Canada
Dr Ai Sekizawa, Japan
Dr Osami Sugawa, Japan
Prof Jose Torero, UK