14th International Congress Fire Safety & Science – FSS

(Inter)national experts present the latest developments, results and insights of recent reseach in the field of Fire Safety Engineering and innovative fire fighting.

About

Date and time

June, 8 and 9, 2022, 09.30 – 17.45 hrs

Location

NIPV in Arnhem, the Netherlands

Costs

€ 135 for two days

For whom

see discription

Organization

NIPV and Foundation Fellow FSE

Organized by:


On 8 and 9 June 2022, the 14th International Congress Fire Safety & Science is organized by NIPV (Netherlands Institute for Public Safety) and the Foundation Fellow FSE. (Inter)national experts present the latest developments, results and insights of recent reseach in the field of Fire Safety Engineering and innovative fire fighting.


For whom?

This congress is interesting for: 

  • people who work in the private or public sector and are engaged in Fire Safety Engineering, risk management, fire prevention, fire investigation, or (innovative) fire-fighting or for people who are interested in it
  • Inspectors of construction plans, policymakers and policy advisors Fire Safety, fire departments, project developers, engineers, architects, scientists, researchers, fire suppression supervisors from fire departments, fire researchers and teachers/students of risk assessment; prevention of fire and FSE
  • everyone involved in (the innovation of) construction- and fire safety

Program


Break out sessions, 8 June

Round 1:

  • Innovative application of smoke control in residential care buildings (the second VIPA study) – Pieter Poppe (Dutch)
  • Home safety: escaping or stay-in-place – Ruud van Liempd (English)
  • Straight streams for smoke cooling, what is missing? – Lars Axelsson and Thijs Geertsema (English)
  • Car park fires: which building features matter the most? – Wojciech Wegrzynski (English)

Round 2:

  • Innovative application of smoke control in residential care buildings (the second VIPA study) – Pieter Poppe (English)
  • Home safety: escaping or stay-in-place – Ruud van Liempd (Dutch)
  • Straight streams for smoke cooling, what is missing? – Lars Axelsson and Thijs Geertsema (English)
  • Car park fires: which building features matter the most? – Wojciech Wegrzynski (English)

Break out sessions, 9 June

Round 1:

  • Fire at Smeetsland care home: in-depth evaluation of fire safety process, incident and lessons learned (English)
  • Basic principles of firefighting: further development – Lieuwe de Witte and Ricardo Weewer (Dutch)
  • Smoke propagation in buildings: simulations based on experimental research – Pim van Rede and Ruud van Herpen (English)
  • Fire Safety in Highrise buildings – Jaap Wijnia and Sid Torabi (Dutch)

Round 2:

  • Fire at Smeetsland care home: in-depth evaluation of fire safety process, incident and lessons learned (Dutch)
  • Basic principles of firefighting: further development – Lieuwe de Witte and Ricardo Weewer (English)
  • Smoke propagation in buildings: simulations based on experimental research – Pim van Rede and Ruud van Herpen (Dutch)
  • Fire Safety in Highrise buildings – Jaap Wijnia and Sid Torabi (English)

Young talent: NIPV-VVBA Thesis Award

NIPV and VVBA provide a Thesis Award worth € 1200 for the most innovative, relevant or fundamental master- or bachelor thesis about fire safety. The winner of the award will be announced during the congress.


Social program on 8 June:
barbecue, interactive program and demonstrations

On 8 June there is a barbeque after the congress at the NIPV location. You have the opportunity to review the first day of congress with other participants and speakers and visit demonstrations. For an additional € 35 you can make a reservation. If you wish to participate, please indicate this at the sign up form.


Program June 8th

‘Analysis and numerical simulations of multi-compartment fire tests for the fire safety of healthcare facilities’ Andrea Lucherini The current vision in healthcare facilities has led towards open-plan living areas, which can have far-reaching consequences for fire safety. The research study investigates how different combinations of active and passive measures can improve the fire safety of vulnerable people. The research study analyses large-scale experimental results to perform Computation Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations.

Experimental study on techniques for smoke cooling. Ricardo Weewer
This presentation is an introduction for the breakout session on this subject. It will give highlights on why the experiments were done and what the results mean for the fire service. Also a short overview of the literature scan on this subject will be presented.

Escapability of residential buildings

Innovative application of smoke control in residential care buildings (the second VIPA study) Pieter Poppe

In the VIPA II – study, the effectiveness of various innovative applications of smoke control (e.g. creating an underpressure in the fire room or creating a smoke free evacuation route using an automatic fire screen) during the evacuation of non-self-reliant people has been investigated by means of large-scale fire tests and additional CFD-simulations. To make it clear that this application of a smoke control system is different from the known applications of smoke control systems (i.e. atria, industrial buildings and parking garages), the smoke control system used in this study is also called ‘residential smoke control system’.

Home safety: escaping or stay-in-place. Ruud van Liempd
We present the latest insights in home safety. Is it better to flee from the building or stay in your apartment in case of a fire?

Straight streams for smoke cooling, what is missing? Lars Axelsson en Thijs Geertsema
Straight streams have been used for fire suppression for hundreds of years. Anecdotal evidence is plentiful on how to use them. But the research and the theories to support that empirical data is limited. In this talk Lars will give his thoughts on what the missing pieces are for understanding straight streams for smoke cooling.

Car park fires – which building features matter the most? Wojciech Wegrzynski
The talk summarizes our multiparametric research on the fire safety of car parks, in which after over 480 numerical simulations have helped to reveal, that the car park height is the most influential variable. Besides, the impact of smoke control system type and performance characteristics are compared and discussed.

Program June 9th

Fire safety of facades – An holistic approach. Patrick van Hees
Different types of façades systems are used in order to achieve increased energy consumption demands. Many of these systems are very complex and have not only fire requirements to fulfil but also other requirements for humidity, rain protection, mechanical stability, thermal insulation, etc. The presentation will address the fire safety of façade systems by a holistic approach taking into account all these requirements.

Fire at Smeetsland care home: the importance of the connection between all aspects of fire safety. Hans Hazebroek
In the early morning of January 13th 2021 a fire occurred in a care home, resulting in the death of one occupant and 13 people needing medical care. In the evaluation emphasis was placed on the connection between different aspects of fire safety. In this presentation the results of the evaluation are shared.

Fire at Smeetsland care home: in-depth evaluation of the fire safety process, incident and lessons learnt. Hans Hazebroek en Remco van Werkhoven
In this workshop several items of the evaluation of the Smeetsland fire will be discussed in-depth and interactive. Hans and Remco will try to broaden the evaluation results of the Smeetsland fire to other situations and incidents so that these are applicable to other fire services, fire safety advisers, municipal officials and building owners/users.

Basic principles, yes but what if? Lieuwe de Witte en Ricardo Weewer
Are basic principles always applicable? What if they do not seem adequate, for example in special buildings such as high-rise buildings, parking garages, industrial areas, residential buildings with indoor corridors? For anyone who has ever wondered this, now is your chance. In this breakout session, no ready-made answers. Lieuwe and Ricardo will explore the answers with you in an interactive session.

Smoke propagation in buildings – simulations based on experimental research. Pim van Rede en Ruud van Herpen
Smoke propagation in buildings is the most threatening phenomenon for personal safety of building occupants in case of fire. The consequences of internal smoke propagation are even worse in modern buildings with an airtight external separation construction. Which measures are needed to keep escape routes free of smoke? Is it also possible to keep adjacent compartments free of smoke? In this workshop, several simulation studies based on experimental research will be discussed to gain insight in the most important boundary conditions.

Fire Safety in Highrise buildings Jaap Wijnia en Sid Torabi
The increase of highrise buildings in The Netherlands results in new challenges addressing the fire safety. What can a risk based design and assessment approach deliver to increase the level of (personal) safety and (environmental) damage control.


Contact

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to send us an email kennisevents@nipv.nl.


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