QA#1 - November 2022

Dec. 5, 2022

Welcome to Questions & Answers session 01 covering the topics brought up in November 2022. In this session you can find answers to the following questions: Fire resistance of joints asked by Millie Wan (answered by Piotr Tur…

078 - Experiments that Changed Fire Science pt. 2 - BRE Cardington with Tom Lennon

Nov. 30, 2022

If Dalmarnock was the reality check for fire modelling, we could call the work carried by BRE at Cardington the birthplace of Structural Fire Engineering. Welcome to episode 2 of Experiments that Changed Fire Science! In th…

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077 - Informal settlements - we need solutions not gadgets, Richard Walls

Nov. 23, 2022

Delivery of fire safety to one billion inhabitants of informal settlements cannot be done through a single solution. No magical extinguishing ball nor hyper-sensitive sensor can solve this issue. As it is not a single issue …

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076 - Experiments that changed fire science pt. 1 - Dalmarnock Fire Tests Round Robin study with Guillermo Rein and Wolfram Jahn

Nov. 16, 2022

Welcome to a mini-series of episodes on experiments that changed fire science. In the first episode, we cover the a prioiri and posteriori modelling task within the Dalmarnock Fire Experiments programme carried out by the BR…

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075 - Spacecraft fire safety with David Urban

Nov. 9, 2022

Dear Terrestial Fire Engineers, let me take you on a journey that will make you experience fire engineering like nothing on our planet. Because in fact, it is the fire engineering of spacecraft for their operations in a zero…

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074 - Engineering not magic, intumescent coatings with Andrea Lucherini

Nov. 2, 2022

Intumescent coatings are not magic. They are a product of amazing engineering, a theatre of thermophysical properties that create an insulative layer that sometimes is the only thing holding fire from destroying a structure.…

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073 - Smoke control in shopping malls - uncommon aspects that make or break the system

Oct. 26, 2022

Long before I started the podcast, my bread and butter was to find clever ways to remove smoke from shopping malls. Actually, I like to believe I was pretty good at the job, given the fact some of the biggest projects in Eas…

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072 - Extracting the secret of IMFSE from Bart Merci and Eulalia Planas

Oct. 19, 2022

Many creators will not agree, but in some cases, copying is the highest form of admiration. And there are things in Fire Safety Engineering that are more than worthy of being copied. One of them is the famous International M…

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071 - Risk as a tool for thinking with Ruben van Coile

Oct. 12, 2022

When thinking about 'risk' do you view it as a tool? I usually thought about it as a concept or maybe as a measure of 'how safe my building is?', but I have not really appreciated how beneficial it might be when used in such…

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070 - Fire resistance is whatever you want it to be with Piotr Turkowski

Oct. 5, 2022

Today we talk fire resistance, but unlike you have ever heard. Join me and Dr Piotr Turkowski - two fire laboratory professionals in an honest discussion about their craft. The challenges in standardization and committee wor…

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069 - Challenging fires at the wildland-urban interface (WUI) with Michael Gollner

Sept. 28, 2022

Why so many researchers are spending their time tackling fire issues at the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI)? What is so challenging about this? We always lived near nature, why today this emerges as one of the 'hottest' topic…

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068 - Human walking speed and factors that influence it with John Gales

Sept. 21, 2022

What factors influence the walking speed of an occupant? Is it just their physiology and crowd density? It seems it is more complicated than that (as most things are in fire science...). Dr John Gales of York University take…

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067 - Next-gen smoke control experimental facility and a digital twin with Grzegorz Krajewski

Sept. 14, 2022

We've felt a bit awkward about how FSE handles smoke control in corridors. If you look closely into common practices, they rarely do include impressive engineering - more often you see some 'tips and tricks' that make the CF…

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066 - Fire Safe Use of Wood in Buildings with Andy Buchanan

Sept. 7, 2022

I wonder if we will be ever able to say: we know exactly how to build fire-safe buildings with mass timber. However that day may never come, each day of research brings us a little bit closer to achieving this goal. And som…

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065 - Understanding mesh sensitivity and model uncertainties with Jason Floyd

Aug. 31, 2022

Will a higher resolution mesh make my CFD more accurate? That is a harmless question, and most of us would tend toward 'I guess yeah'. But let us try and unpack this. Into atoms! What does higher resolution mean? How exactly…

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064 - Heat stress in fires - from inside and outside with Denise Smith and Gavin Horn

Aug. 24, 2022

This amount of heat flux for this amount of time, routine conditions, check, done. This is how I used to do my engineering and tenability assessment related to heat stress... up till today when prof Denisse Smith and prof Ga…

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063 - Why do we need a handbook of fire and the environment with Brian Meacham and Margaret McNamee

Aug. 17, 2022

Do we need another fire handbook? If so, what handbook would that be? I guess a question like this must have gone through Brian Meachams' mind when he got the idea for a handbook of fire and environment. And he got a brillia…

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062 - BIM (not only for fire) with Peter Thompson and Rino Lovreglio

Aug. 10, 2022

It does not matter if you hate or love BIM, does not matter if you use it daily or have no idea what it is... Building Information Modelling will be an important part of our engineering future and we better get used to it. …

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061 - Glazing in fire with Yu Wang

Aug. 2, 2022

The relation between ventilation conditions and fire severity is quite a fundamental one. You don't even have to be a fire safety engineer to realize that more air means a bigger fire. But how does air get into the compartme…

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060 - How PV panels change the fire behaviour of roofs with Jens Kristensen

July 27, 2022

If a PV panel is fire safe, and the roof is fire safe, what is the outcome of a panel placed on the roof? Not a great surprise that merging two things that meet their requirements within their respectable eco-systems gives a…

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059 - Residential fire safety with Dan Madrzykowski and Charlie Fleischmann

July 20, 2022

How much the fire scene at households has changed over the last 30 years? Why modern furniture burns worse than one made with wood, cotton and other natural materials? And what does that mean to firefighting? What challenges…

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058 - Animal pyrocognition - a path to undestand our beginnings with fire with Ivo Jacobs

July 13, 2022

Have you wondered how fire science started? But I mean the real real start... not 1666 one, nor the one when we've started to build furnaces... The start when the first evolutionary ancestor of homo sapiens figured out this …

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057 - Structural fire engineering with Thomas Gernay

July 6, 2022

The subject of structural fire engineering was long overdue in the podcast schedule. But once I finally got it on my agenda, I made sure to interview one of the very best there are - prof Thomas Gernay of John Hopkins Unive…

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056 - Performance Based Fire Protection Engineer with David Stacy

June 29, 2022

How does being a volunteer firefighter improve your abilities to do Performance-Based Design (PBD) and how your knowledge in PBD may translate to firefighting? That is not a question you can ask to every fire protection engi…