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October 20, 2021

023 - Risk assessment with Maximum Allowable Damage with Jaime Cadena Gomez and David Lange

Risk as a concept is well established in modern Performance-Based Design in Fire Safety Engineering. However, it comes in many flavours - from a simple calculation of consequences vs probability, through indexing methods and ...

October 13, 2021

022 - Combustion, fluid mechanics and fire safety engineering with Michael Gollner

https://firelab.berkeley.edu/ this is the place you need to go! Ignition at different slope angles. Firebrand spotting. Fire whirls. What does connect these various fire phenomena? They are all driven by fluid dynamics and ca...

October 05, 2021

021 - Resilient design for firefighter safety with Ali Ashrafi

It is hard for us, fire safety engineers, to talk to firefighters on how to do their job... Probably we even shouldn't, as we have no idea how it is to truly go there into the heat and battle fire to save lives. But it does n...

September 29, 2021

020 - Fire Safety Engineering as a socio-technical system with Brian Meacham

Do you sometimes feel that fire safety engineering is not making a footprint as it should? With all our knowledge, models, technology...why do huge fires exist? Why fire is such a threat to billions of humans? In today's epis...

September 21, 2021

019 - Modelling human behaviour in wildfire evacuation with Erica Kuligowski

There is plenty of fire engineers who think they are modelling human behaviour... Some claim they can do it... And there is very, very few who actually did and succeeded with it. One of them is today's guest, Dr Erica Kuligow...

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September 15, 2021

018 - Engineered timber with Danny Hopkin

Engineered timber is on a trajectory to become the construction material of the future. However, on that pathway there stands the fire issue. Wood burns, it is inevitable. This is something we must accept, and learn to work a...

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September 08, 2021

017 - Pyrolife - from fire resistance to fire resilience with Cathelijne Stoof

When you think about battling wildfires, what is the image you see in front of your eyes? Probably an air tanker (at least that was what I saw...). After this interview, your optics will change about 180 degrees. Dr Cathelijn...

Building A Fire Safe Future

September 01, 2021

016 - The future of evacuation modelling with Enrico Ronchi and Ruggiero Lovreglio

Evacuation modelling is paramount in accounting for the human aspect in our fire modelling. But how is it developing? Where are we with our tools, and where are we heading with them? What are the most profound challenges rela...

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August 25, 2021

015 - Global view on the fire safety from a starchitect perpective with Benjamin Ralph

Have you ever wondered who truly has the most power over the fire safety of a building? In my opinion, the answer is very simple - the Architect. This is due to two reasons. First is that the architect can affect the building...

Fire Science And Engineering

August 18, 2021

014 - A joyrney through the scales of fire phenomena with Sara McAllister

Have you ever wondered how is a fire of a match or candle different from a wildfire? Or maybe rather, why is it different? What is it, that makes the fires at different scales behave in such a different manner? What are the p...

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August 11, 2021

013 - On the use and abuse of CFD in fire engineering with Wolfram Jahn

We are living in a kind of weird time, where the most complex tool we have is at the same time the most commonly used (and abused one). The Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling has brought us amazing capabilities in s...

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August 04, 2021

012 - Science, Industry, Legislators. How do we make them work together on a fire safe world? - Kees Both

In this episode, I had the pleasure and privilege to host dr Kees Both, the Technical Manager of Standards & Regulations in Etexgroup. Kees wanted to become a suspension bridge engineer, but his route went through a fire lab,...

Building A Fire Safe Future

July 28, 2021

011 - Why temperature is so easy to measure but so hard to interpret?

What is the single most measured thing in fire science? The answer is easy - temperature. We use it everywhere - from learning material properties in TGA's to expressing conditions in compartment fires. We use it at the same ...

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July 21, 2021

010 - Seeking the origins of standardized fire testing and ancient fire protection materials with John Gales

Did you know that the standard temperature-time curve, which is the underpinning of the fire resistance of assemblies, is over 100 years old? Once you know that, you cannot stop but think about how this affects modern constru...

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July 13, 2021

009 - Cognitive biases and decision making in evacuation with Michael Kinsey

Why do we take certain decisions during an evacuation process? How do we choose the evacuation route? These are often affected by cognitive biases, which is the main theme of today's episode. With Dr Michael Kinsey we will di...

Fire Science And Engineering

July 07, 2021

008 - Zone modelling is not dead with Colleen Wade

Zone modelling is a technique introduced in 1970's and 80's that has changed fire science. In my personal opinion, along with oxygen calorimetry and the development of FDS it may have been the most impactful tool of fire scie...

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June 29, 2021

007 - AI in smart firefighting and the future of FSE PBD with Xinyan Huang

Everyone is talking about AI, but how can we really use it in fire safety engineering and firefighting? Prof Xinyan Huang of HK PolyU will explain his research in this field, and we can consider it as a time travel to the fut...

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June 23, 2021

006 - EV's, rapid fires and car parks

In Episode 6, our host, dr Wojciech Wegrzynski, explains his experiences with modelling rapidly growing fires in car parks. Such fire growth may be typical for EV fires that originate in battery and pose a different set of ch...

Fire Science And Engineering

June 16, 2021

005 - Battery fires with Roeland Bisschop

Today I've talked to Roeland Bisschop, Project Manager in RISE, about his first-hand experience with battery fires. Roeland explained to me how do battery fires look from a scientific perspective, and how my perspective was k...

Fire Science And Engineering

June 09, 2021

004 - Facade fires and AI with Matt Bonner

Dr Matthew Bonner of the Imperial College London is one of the leading scientists touching on the subject of the fire safety of facades. His flavour is tackling the complexity through big data analyses and developing new ways...

Fire Science And Engineering

June 02, 2021

001 - Introduction

Let's do this. For the first time... Welcome to the Fire Science Show! My name is Wojciech Wegrzynski, and I'm with the Building Research Institute (ITB) in Warsaw, Poland. In this episode you will learn who I am, where do I ...

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June 02, 2021

002 - Smouldering megafires with Guillermo Rein

Guillermo Rein is a recipient of ERC Consildator Grant on smouldering megafires. The most challenging source of founding, meant for the projects that can truly change the world. And his HAZE project is just like that - to stu...

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June 02, 2021

003 - Tenability criteria with Gabriele Vigne

How do you know if a building is safe in fire or not? Usually through performing ASET-RSET analyses, in which you determine how and when the tenability criteria in the building are breached. This is what I discuss with dr Gab...

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May 24, 2021

Trailer - Fire Science Show

Hello world!!! This is the trailer episode for the Fire Science Show. I'm sharing with you some backstage news, a bit of origin story and an introduction to my great guests that have agreed to be interviewed by me. I really ...