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Engineers Toolbox

028 - Easy entry into the world of AI in fire with MZ Naser

Nov. 24, 2021

Have you ever been fascinated by the capabilities of AI? Did you wonder how the heck can an algorithm beat humans in repetitive tasks? Or make multi-level correlations that we would never be able to figure out? I was as well…

Engineers Toolbox

027 - Travelling fires with Guillermo Rein

Nov. 17, 2021

If you have ever learned about the compartment fire dynamics framework, have tried zone modelling or any kind of fire modelling, you have probably noticed that as the compartments get bigger, the less uniform conditions insi…

Conference Reports

026 - Field report from IWMA conference in Warsaw

Nov. 10, 2021

Thanks to the courtesy of the International Water Mist Association I have been invited to the recent conference held in Warsaw. The conference was a two-day event focused on water mist technology. In fact, it was the 20th me…

Fire Science And Engineering

025 - Structural fire engineering with engineered timber with Felix Wiesner

Nov. 3, 2021

In Episode 18 we have touched on the important topic of fire performance of engineered wood and its wide use in the modern built environment. Today, we follow up on this subject with Dr Felix Wiesner from the University of …

Fire Science And Engineering Building A Fire Safe Future

024 - Who's a Fire Safety Engineer with Jimmy Jönsson

Oct. 27, 2021

Who is a Fire Safety Engineer? And when do you become one? How do you know the person on the other side of the table at the project meeting has the necessary competencies to judge fire safety solutions of a building you desi…

Engineers Toolbox

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

Oct. 20, 2021

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…

The Fascinating World Of Fire Science

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

Oct. 13, 2021

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 c…

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021 - Resilient design for firefighter safety with Ali Ashrafi

Oct. 5, 2021

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 …

Building A Fire Safe Future

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

Sept. 29, 2021

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 epi…

Engineers Toolbox Fire Science And Engineering

019 - Modelling human behaviour in wildfire evacuation with Erica Kuligowski

Sept. 21, 2021

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 Kuligo…

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018 - Engineered timber with Danny Hopkin

Sept. 15, 2021

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 …

Building A Fire Safe Future

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

Sept. 8, 2021

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 Cathelij…

Engineers Toolbox Building A Fire Safe Future

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

Sept. 1, 2021

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 rel…

Fire Science And Engineering

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

Aug. 25, 2021

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 buildin…

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

Aug. 18, 2021

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 …

Engineers Toolbox

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

Aug. 11, 2021

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 …

Building A Fire Safe Future

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

Aug. 4, 2021

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…

Engineers Toolbox

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

July 28, 2021

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

July 21, 2021

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 constr…

Fire Science And Engineering

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

July 13, 2021

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 d…

Engineers Toolbox

008 - Zone modelling is not dead with Colleen Wade

July 7, 2021

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 sci…

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

June 29, 2021

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 fu…

Fire Science And Engineering

006 - EV's, rapid fires and car parks

June 23, 2021

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 c…

Fire Science And Engineering

005 - Battery fires with Roeland Bisschop

June 16, 2021

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 …