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Season 1

050 - Wind, fire and a surprise

May 11, 2022

Episode 50! Time to celebrate, and for this one we have a surprise. A mysterious host takes over the show to interview a wind and fire modelling celebrity... Ok, this should be enough to not reveal everything once the show n…

042 - Unsafe environment of post fire scenes with Gavin Horn

March 16, 2022

We all understand the dangers of smoke inhalation in fires. But what about the site of the fire a few days after it was put out? It looks clean, maybe even lost the smell... Is it something to worry about, or you can rush st…

035 - Fire safety as cornerstone of sustainability with Margaret McNamee

Jan. 26, 2022

Building a fire-safe future is not an easy task. Including sustainability in that build, is even harder. But how hard is it to include fire safety in the discussion, when sustainability itself is a goal? Does sustainability …

033 - Science, theatre or engineering? Polish take on hot smoke test with Piotr Smardz and Janusz Paliszek

Jan. 12, 2022

Have you ever heard about the hot smoke testing approach? If you had, there is a great chance you have not heard anything positive about it... From our experience, this method is often downplayed as useless, unrealistic and …

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031 - Suppressing tunnel fires with water mist with Johny Jessen

Dec. 15, 2021

Can water mist be used in tunnels? I wondered that for a long time, and with every tunnel project, many questions around this issue were piling in my head. When dealing with large infrastructure projects you really need to w…

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030 - Visibility Prediction Framework with Lukas Arnold

Dec. 8, 2021

If you ever had anything to do with Fire Safety Engineering, you have most likely touched the visibility in smoke. What's an easier way to explain how bad the conditions are inside of a building than saying how much smoke wa…

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029 -Busses, flammability and an unknown force holding good solutions back... with Anja Hofmann-Böllinghaus

Dec. 1, 2021

This is not a fun episode. It starts with a tragedy, that fueled a whole field of research. Continues into disbelief, that one aspect of fire safety can be at the same chosen as the sole foundation of fire safety within a br…

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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…

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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 …

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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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 …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 …

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004 - Facade fires and AI with Matt Bonner

June 9, 2021

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 way…

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001 - Introduction

June 2, 2021

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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002 - Smouldering megafires with Guillermo Rein

June 2, 2021

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 st…

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003 - Tenability criteria with Gabriele Vigne

June 2, 2021

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 Ga…