10th International Conference on Structures in Fire

6-8 June 2018
Titanic Belfast

5 June Welcome reception

On behalf of FireSert, Ulster University welcomes you to the 10th International Conference on Structures in Fire.

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  • SiF 2018

    The 10th International Conference on Structures in Fire will be hosted by the Fire Safety Engineering Research and Technology Centre (FireSERT), Ulster University.

    Registration is now open for Structures in Fire International Conference 2018.

    Book your place

    The main focus of the SiF conference is to provide an opportunity for researchers, practitioners and engineers to share their "structures in fire" research, technology and expertise with their peers in an international forum.

    Allowing papers to be submitted only a few months before the conference, permits the most current scholarships to be presented.

    In addition to high quality state-of-the-art presentations, the SiF 2018 conference will place significant value on discussions both formally, following presentations and informally through receptions, meals and breaks at Belfast's Titanic centre and the Waterfront Hall.

    Previous conferences

    SiF hosted its first international workshop in Denmark in 2000, followed by workshops in New Zealand (2002), Canada (2004) and Portugal (2006).

    These events were renamed as international conferences on Structures in Fire held in Singapore (2008), Untied States (2010), Switzerland (2012), China (2014) and USA (2016).

    We hope you will join us as SiF travels back to the United Kingdom in June 2018.

    Previous conference information can be viewed at http://www.structuresinfire.com

    Important dates

    • 3 July 2017 - Submission of extended abstracts opens
    • 31 July 2017 - Registration opens (early bird discount until 1 April 2018)
    • 22 December 2017 - Submission on extended abstracts closes
    • 31 January 2018 - Notification of acceptance abstracts to authors
    • 20 March 2018 - Submission of full papers
    • 1 April 2018 - Early bird registration ends
    • 5 June 2018 - Welcome reception
    • 6 June 2018 - Conference begins
  • Committee Members

    Organising Committee

    Steering Committee

    • Prof Jean-Marc Franssen, University of Liege, Belgium
    • Kang Hai Tan, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
    • Prof Kodur Venkatesh, Michigan State University, USA
    • Prof Paulo Vila Real, University of Aveiro, Portugal

    Scientific Committee


    Jean-Marc Franssen
    University of Liege, Belgium

    Track 1: Applications of Structural Fire Safety Engineering

    Track 1: Applications of Structural Fire Safety Engineering
    Kang Hai Tan Nanyang Technological University Singapore
    Daniel Joyeux Efectis France France
    Florian Block Buro Happold UK
    Olivier Vassart Arcelor Mittal Luxembourg
    Susan Lamont Arup UAE
    Tom Lenon BRE UK
    Frantisek Wald Czech Technical University in Prague Czech Republic
    Yong Wang Manchester University UK
    Timothy Liu Director, BB7 Fire and Security Consultants UK
    LinHai Han Tsinghua University China
    Charles Clifton University of Auckland New Zealand

    Track 2: Concrete Structures

    Track 2: Concrete Structureseering
    Venkatesh Kodur Michigan State University USA
    Ali, Faris Ulster University UK
    Bhargava, Pradeep IIT Roorkee India
    Bisby, Luke University of Edinburgh UK
    Fontana, Mario ETH Zürich Switzerland
    Gambarova, Pietro Politech. Milan Italy
    Green, Mark Queen's University Canada
    Matsagar, Vasant IIT Delhi India
    Mendis, Priyan University of Melbourne Australia
    Naser, Mohannad Z. Michigan State University USA
    Raman, Ananth Indian Institute of Science India
    Taerwe, Luc University of Gent Belgium
    Wu, Bo SCUT China
    Zhang, Haiyan South China University of Technology China
    Haweeleh, Rami American University of Sharjah UAE
    Agarwal, Anil IIT-H India

    Track 3: Timber Structures and Fire Protection Materials

    Track 3: Timber Structures and Fire Protection Materials
    Andrea Frangi ETHZ Switzerland
    Alar Just Tallinn University of Technology Estonia
    Andy Buchanan University of Canterbury New Zealand
    Birgit Östman Linnaeus University Sweden
    Christian Dagenais FP Innovations Canada
    Daniel Brandon RISE (Swedish Research Institute) Sweden
    Joachim Schmid ETH Zurich Switzerland
    Marc Janssens SW Research Institute USA
    Massimo Fragiacomo University of L’Aquila Italy
    Michael Klippel ETH Zurich Switzerland
    Norman Werther TU Munich Germany
    Pedro Palma EMPA Switzerland
    Rory Hadden University of Edinburgh UK
    Steve Craft CHM Fire Consultants Limited Canada

    Track 4: Numerical Modelling

    Track 4: Numerical Modelling
    Asif Usmani Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong
    Angus Law University of Edinburgh UK
    Anne Jeffers University of Michigan USA
    Bin Zhao CTICM France
    Chao Zhang NIST USA
    CS Manohar Indian Institute of Science India
    Hamid Ronagh University of Queensland Australia
    Jean-Marc Franssen University de Liège Belgium
    Martin Gillie Warwick University UK
    Suwen Chen Tongji University China
    Kazunori Harada Kyoto University Japan
    Liming Jiang Hong Kong Polytechnic University Hong Kong
    Cristian Maluk Zedan University of Queensland Australia

    Track 5: Composite Structures

    Track 5: Composite Structures
    Guo Qiang Li Tongji University China
    Ali Nadjai Ulster University UK
    Colin Bailey University of Manchester UK
    David LANGE RISE Sweden
    Dionis Dhima CSTB France
    Jian Jiang NIST USA
    João Paulo Rodrigues Universidade de Coimbra Portugal
    Manuel Romero   Spain
    Martin Mensinger TU München Germany
    Peijun Wang Shandong University China
    Peter Schaumann University of Hannover Germany
    Weiyong Wang Chongqing University China
    Yong Du Nanjing University of Technology China

    Track 6: Steel Structures

    Track 6: Steel Structures
    Paulo Vila Real University of Aveiro Portugal
    Carlos Couto University of Aveiro Portugal
    Christophe Renaud CTICM France
    Ian Burgess University of Sheffield UK
    Jyri Outinen Ramboll Finland
    Leroy Gardner Imperial College UK
    Mahen Mahendran Queensland University of Technology Australia
    Maria Garlok Princeton University USA
    Markus Knobloch Ruhr-Universität Bochum Switzerland
    Michael D. Engelhardt University of Texas at Austin USA
    Nuno Lopes University of Aveiro Portugal
    Raul Zaharia University of Timisoara Romania

    Track 7: Experimental Research and any Other

    Track 7: Experimental Research and any Other
    Ali Nadjai Ulster University UK
    Aldina Santiago Univewrsity of Coimbra Portugal
    Danny Hopkin Olsson Fire and Risk UK
    Emidio Nigro University of Naples Federico II Italy
    Francois Hanus Arcelor Mittal Luxembourg
    Gisèle BIHINA CTICM France
    Konstantinos Daniel Tsavdaridis Leeds University UK
    Muhammad Masood Rafi NED University Karachi Pakistan
    OZAKI Fuminobu Nagoya University Japan
    Piergiacomo Cancelliere Ministry of Interiour Italian Central for fire Italy
    Thomas Gernay University of Liege Belgium
    Jochen Zehfuss Braunschweig Germany
    Richard Emberley California Polytech state University USA
    Jose Terero Maryland University USA
    Amar Khennane University of New South Wales Australia
    Ricardo Fakury University of Minas Gerais Brazil
    Talal Fetah Ulster University UK
  • Call for Papers

    You are invited to submit an extended abstract (two pages) describing the results of your latest scientific research or innovative applications of structural fire engineering, no later than Friday, 22 December 2017.

    Submit Full Papers

    The submission for full papers is now open.

    To submit full papers, please download this Template  & Guidelines.

    Papers should be prepared as a MS Word file. Final papers should be uploaded as a Word and a as PDF file.

    Before the paper submission, please pay the conference fees by clicking Registration and Costs.

    Papers are due NO LATER than March 28.  No extensions will be offered for submissions.

    To publish the papers as conference proceedings, the publisher requires a Copyright Release Form.

    Download Copyright Release Form

    Please complete the form and send it back to the email contact. Alam-N1@email.ulster.ac.uk

    Please submit your papers (both as MS Word and as a PDF file) at this link: Submit Full Papers.

    File size must not exceed 8MB.

    Contact Alam-N1@email.ulster.ac.uk if you have questions

    Submit your abstract

    Please submit your abstract Online.

    Email Naveed Allam if you experience difficulties with abstract submissions.

    Focus for papers

    The focus of the conference is on the behaviour of structures under fire exposure, including the art, science and practice of structural fire engineering.

    The following topics are addressed:

    • Fire and thermal models of fire resistance evaluation.
    • Numerical modelling of structures exposed to fire.
    • Simple calculation methods.
    • Experimental studies.
    • Material behaviour at high temperatures.
    • Validation.
    • Practical applications and case studies.
    • Global structure fire behaviour.
    • Steel, concrete, masonry, timber, aluminium and composite structures.
    • Thermal and mechanical model interface (e.g. CFD-FE).
    • Probabilistic aspects of structural fire engineering.

    The deadline for extended abstract submissions is Friday, 22 December 2017

    What to include

    The extended abstract should be two pages in length and must provide a clear summary of the proposed paper. It should include the title of the paper and full contact information of the authors.

    Figures, tables and references may be included. Acknowledgements can be added to the written paper.

    Your abstract should give sufficient information to allow the reviewers to judge the quality and innovative character of your paper. You should focus on the description of your work and results, avoiding, for example, a long introduction giving the advantages of the product or structural system on which you have been working.

    Highlight the added value of your work compared to previous works by you or others (mention previous publications, with references and point out the new aspects that will be contained in your SiF presentation).

    Submitting your abstract

    When submitting your abstract please indicate the heading under which you think your presentation should fall (see headings below):

    • Applications of Structural Fire Safety Engineering
    • Concrete structures
    • Timber structures and fire protection materials
    • Numerical modelling
    • Composite structures
    • Steel structures
    • Experimental research and any other

    The final format of the conference will be decided when the number of accepted abstracts is known.

    The quality of the work will be the only acceptance criterion.

  • Conference Venue

    The main conference will be held at Titanic Belfast.

    Titanic Belfast

    The centre offers panoramic views over the slipways, the exact site where the giant structure of Titanic was built over 100 years ago.

    On the first four floors, visitors can enjoy Titanic Belfast’s nine interactive galleries using state-of-the-art technology and innovative design to tell Titanic’s story from conception to construction and launch, to its maiden voyage and subsequent place in history.

    Conference locations

    All of our conference locations are held in the centre of Belfast, they offer sophisticated surroundings mixed with Northern Irish culture, giving you a truly unique and authentic taste of Belfast and Northern Ireland.

    Ulster University

    Your welcome reception will be held at Ulster University's modern Belfast City Centre Campus, which is located at York Street, Belfast, BT15 1ED and is easily accessed on foot or by taking public transport.

    Ulster University has a national and international reputation for excellence, innovation and regional engagement and makes a major contribution to the economic, social and cultural development of Northern Ireland. Its core business activities are teaching and learning, widening access to education, research and innovation and technology and knowledge transfer.

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    Belfast City Hall

    This magnificent building will host the conference's gala dinner. Built in 1906 the interior of this opulent Victorian building is breathtaking and a splendid setting for welcoming conference delegates to the City of Belfast.

    Due to the central location of the City Hall, transport hire is not necessary. The majority of the city centre hotels are within a 5 minute walk from Belfast City Hall.

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  • Registration and costs

    Registration is now open for Structures in Fire International Conference 2018.

    Book your place


    Fees from now until 1 April 2018 : £360
    Fees from 2 April 2018 onwards : £400

    This price includes:

    • Receptions
    • Lunch/Coffee Breaks
    • Proceedings
    • Conference Dinner


    Fees from now until 1 April 2018 : £260
    Fees from 2 April 2018 onwards : £300

    This price includes:

    • Receptions
    • Lunch/Coffee Breaks
    • Proceedings

    If students would like to attend the Conference Dinner an additional £30 per person will need to be paid in advance.

    Guests will be charged £50 to attend the Conference Dinner (to be paid in advance).

  • Conference Schedule

    The conference begins on Tuesday 5 June with a welcome reception at Ulster University's Belfast campus, generously sponsored by Ulster University's Faculty of Computing, Engineering and the Built Environment.


    The program is designed to allow 111  long presentations, 14 short presentations and 14 posters. As much as possible, single-track and parallel-track sessions are organised into common themes.

    View conference overview and roomsView conference program

    Logo Design Competition

    The steering Committee is launching a competition to design a logo for SIF movement.

    The logo should be recognisable and help to promote SIF.

    All participants of the upcoming conference SIF18 Belfast are invited to submit an A4 design.

    Delegates will vote to select the best design, and the winner will be announced during the gala dinner on Thursday 7th June, where they will receive a prize.

    Please send your logo proposal to Naveed Alam at: Alam-N1@ulster.ac.uk.

    Rules for the SIF Logo Contest

    1. A contest is being organised by the steering committee of the « Structures in Fire » movement for the creation of a logo of the movement.
    2. The logo is to be used on different communication means of the movement such as letters, e-mails, programme of the conferences, proceeding of the conference.
    3. The logo can be any combination of graphic signs and/or alphanumeric characters, in black and white or in colours.
    4. Participation to the contest is open to all, individuals or groups.
    5. Proposals must be submitted as a file in any format that is commonly used for graphics, although vector formats are preferred to bitmap formats.
    6. Proposals must be sent to Alam-N1@ulster.ac.uk with a copy to sif@civil.ua.pt.
    7. Proposals must be received not later than June 1rst 2018 at 16:00 UTC.
    8. Each proposal will be printed on an A4 sheet and displayed during SiF’18 in Belfast. The name of the author(s) will not be mentioned on the proposals.
    9. The selection will be made by vote in writing, each delegate of SiF’18 having one vote and the steering committee doing the final choice among the 3 proposals coming first from the vote.
    10. The results will be announced during the gala dinner on Thursday the 7th.
    11. A prize of 100 pounds will be awarded to the author(s) of the selected logo, sponsored by FireSert.
    12. The author(s) guarantee that the logo and each component of it are free of copyrights and grants the SiF movement with all rights to use the logo without any retribution of any form.

    Oral presentations

    Oral presentations are spaced 15 minutes apart. This means that each presentation should be no more than 12-13 minutes long to allow time for questions from the audience. Please be respectful of this time limit. Presenters will be given about 2 or 3 minutes to respond to questions given by the audience.

    A PC computer will be available in each auditorium. Please upload your presentation from a USB before the session begins, conference staff will be available to assist you with this.

    Further information about the work presented will be  in the printed proceedings, which will be available at the time of the conference. Further discussion will take place during the five hours of informal networking/discussion time which has been built into the conference timetable.

    Guidelines on posters

    The posters will be displayed in the large gallery space outside the doors to the auditorium, refreshments will also be available in this area. The centralised location enables the posters to be given good exposure.

    Your poster size should be no larger than 0.9 meters wide by 1.2 meters high. Please make your poster as close to this size as possible, no larger.

    Poster presenters will be given a chance to give a ‘5 -minute oral short presentation with 2 additional minutes for questions from the audience.

    Two prizes awards will be provided to the Best display poster and to the Best short oral presentation.

  • Travel and accommodation

    The 10th Annual SiF conference will be held in Northern Ireland's capital city of Belfast.

    Getting to Belfast

    Belfast is easily accessible from anywhere in the world, with two airports located in Belfast/County Antrim:

    George Best Belfast City Airport

    Situated just three miles from Belfast City Centre, this airport has 350 weekly return flights, including 79 from London with British Airways and Aer Lingus which take approximately one hour.

    Belfast International Airport

    Belfast International Airport at Aldergrove is only 30 minutes drive from Belfast City Centre. The airport has daily flights to 13 UK and 20 European/International airports.

    Dublin airport is less than two hours by rail and there is an excellent road network between the two Capital Cities.

    By Rail

    The Enterprise train services runs eight times daily from Dublin to Belfast with the journey lasting less than two hours.

    By Bus

    Dublin Airport Express Coach Service operates from Dublin Airport 24 hours a day with a journey time of approximately two hours.

    Getting around Belfast

    The conference venues, hotels and attractions in Belfast City Centre are only a 5-10 minute walk from each other.

    Should additional transportation be required there are a number of bus and train options available. Taxis in the city are affordable (approximately £6 from Belfast City Airport to the conference venue).

    If you want to see more of Belfast

    Belfast is full of exciting and interesting places to visit and there is something for everyone.

    To get the best out of your trip, why not look at the Visit Belfast website for some inspiration.

    To experience a taste of Northern Irish culture why not consider the following:

    Cathedral Quarter

    The historic heart of Belfast is now the city’s up and coming cultural hotspot. These cobbled streets are dotted with gems of all kinds from restaurants, pubs, art and photographic galleries and even a circus! Each year the quarter hosts a cutting edge festival with the emphasis on bringing the arts to unorthodox places.

    The Murals

    View the famous political and cultural murals in the west and east of the city - either on a black taxi tour or on an open top bus. Learn about the history and culture of Belfast through the political wall murals and before you leave, add your personal message to the peace wall.

    Guinness, Oysters and Irish music In a traditional Belfast pub

    Sample a local brew in one of Belfast’s historic hostelries, visit one of the traditional pubs for a live Irish music sessions, or check out the hip and trendy bar and club scene, you’ll find it all in Belfast!

    Sample local produce at the lively St George’s Market

    If you want to enjoy a real taste of Belfast, visit St. George’s Market, open each Friday, Saturday and Sunday offering a wide range of local high quality specialist food and products. Customers can sample the produce; relax with a coffee and newspaper against a backdrop of live jazz or flamenco music. This market is a real treat and a great way to spend a few hours at the weekend.

    Shopping at Victoria Square

    Victoria Square is Northern Ireland’s shopping mecca, offering a diverse mix of fashion brands including high street and premium labels. Housed under an impressive dome which boasts 360 degree views across the city.

    Entry Visa and requirements

    For UK nationals a passport is not strictly necessary but photographic identification is required. Check with your airline/ferry company as requirements vary.

    For other nationals, a valid passport or national identity card is required.

    Visas are not usually requires for citizens from Europe and most other western countries.

    Further information is available from the British Embassy in your country of origin.


    With 57 hotels in greater Belfast comprising 4,552 rooms the city offers variety, from renowned brands through to distinctive and iconic hotels. In addition by 2018 seven hotels plan to be completed in Belfast - adding 683 rooms.

    Delegates will be able to choose from a range of competitively priced accommodation, which are within a short walk of the venues.

    As part of the expansion, the Hilton Hotel will have a direct covered connection to the venue. With 198 bedrooms and additional meeting space for up to 400 people this is a potential headquarters hotel.

    Delegates can call or email the in-house reservations team to book quoting SIF18.

    Titanic Hotel Belfast

    As a valued client of Titanic Belfast we are delighted to offer you a preferential booking rate at the Titanic Hotel Belfast.

    Avail of bed and breakfast stay from only £99*.

    For more information or to book call 028 9076 6396.

    *Subject to availability. Terms and Conditions apply.

    Holiday Inn Belfast City Centre

    • £129 Bed & Breakfast per Single Occupancy Room per Night
    • £139 Bed & Breakfast per Double Occupancy Room per Night

    T: 0044 2890 242494 select option 1 for reservations

    E: reservations@hibelfastcitycentre.co.uk

    Holiday Inn Express Belfast City Queens Quarter

    • £109 Bed & Breakfast per Single Occupancy Room per Night
    • £115 Bed & Breakfast per Double Occupancy Room per Night

    T: 0044 2890 311909 select option 1 for reservations

    E: reservations@hiexpressbelfast.com

    Ibis Belfast City Centre

    • £109 Bed & Breakfast per Single Occupancy Room per Night
    • £115 Bed & Breakfast per Double Occupancy Room per Night

    T: 0044 2890 238888 select option 1 for reservations

    E: h7232-re@accor.com

    Ibis Belfast Queens Quarter

    • £109 B&B per Single Occupancy Room per Night
    • £115 B&B per Double Occupancy Room per Night

    T: 0044 2890 336666 select option 1 for reservations

    E: h7288-re@accor.com

    All rates include breakfast, VAT and free Wi-Fi. They require credit/debit card details to guarantee the reservations only and payment is then due at the hotels.

    Park Inn by Radisson Belfast

    • Basis: Bed & Breakfast VAT and WIFI
    • Cancellation: 28 days of date of Booking – 100% of the Total Cost is charged
    • £119 standard room with single occupancy per night
    • £129 standard room with double occupancy per night

    T: +44 28 90434065

    E: reservations.belfast@radissonblu.com

    W: www.parkinn.co.uk/hotel-belfast

    Radisson Blu Belfast

    • Basis: Bed & Breakfast VAT and WIFI
    • Cancellation: 28 days of date of Booking – 100% of the Total Cost is charged
    • £129 standard room with single occupancy per night
    • £139 standard room with double occupancy per night

    T: +44 28 90434065

    E: reservations.belfast@radissonblu.com

    W: www.radissonblu.com

    Fitzwilliam Hotel

    • £162.00 per room per night inclusive of Overnight accommodation & Full Fitzwilliam Breakfast
    • £175.00 per room per night inclusive of Overnight accommodation & Full Fitzwilliam Breakfast
    • Guests to call and book their own rooms quoting ‘SIF18’

    T: +44 (0) 28 9044 2080

    E: enq@fitzwilliamhotelbelfast.com

    W: www.fitzwilliamhotelbelfast.com

    Hilton Belfast

    • £129 Single Occupancy
    • £139 Double Occupancy
    • Breakfast Inclusive
    • 21 day individual cancelation policy
    • Credit card details required at time of booking

    Book online at http://eventsathilton.com/show/59367d27f6c4665d1ec86dc9

    T: +44 (0) 28 90 277216 and quote GUUFA

    W: www3.hilton.com

    Ramada Encore Belfast

    • £85 BB single
    • £95 BB double occupancy per room per night, these rates are subject to availability.
    • The code SIF18 is to be quoted via email to Rachel Morrison (Reservations Coordinator)

    T: 02890 261800

    E: reservations@encorebelfast.co.uk

    W: www.encorebelfast.co.uk


    • £80 per night single occupancy
    • £95 double occupancy.
    • Guests need to call with the reference SIF18 and provide card details for their booking and pay on arrival

    E: Info@benedictshotel.co.uk

    W: www.benedictshotel.co.uk

    The Crescent Townhouse Hotel

    • Room only single £67
    • Room only double £67
    • B&B single £75
    • B&B double £83
    • They require credit card details from Delegates to guarantee & confirm their bookings

    E: info@crescenttownhouse.com

    W: www.crescenttownhouse.com

  • SAFIR Newsletter

    Read the latest SAFIR newsletter containing documentation, development and training information.


    SAFIR workshop

    When: Tuesday 5 June 2018, 1pm-5pm
    Where: Ulster University Belfast Campus
    Room: BA-00-008 (beside Academy Restaurant)

    The continuing development of advanced analysis tools is central to support the current trend toward performance-based design in structural fire engineering. FEM software dedicated to the analysis of the behaviour of structures in fire, such as SAFIR, are being more and more used by researchers and practitioners active in the field. In this context, this workshop aims at presenting some of the most up-to-date capabilities of SAFIR. After an overview of the main features of the software, a special emphasis will be given to the possibilities that exist to consider the fire attack. Indeed, many recent challenges in the field (e.g. study of large open-space building fires, bridge fires, etc) require a more sophisticated consideration of the fire attack than the traditional gas temperature curves.

    General organization of SAFIR
    • Main features: discretization; elements; materials; coupling between thermal and mechanical models; etc.
    • Brief description of the pre-processor GID
    • Brief description of the post-processor DIAMOND
    Methods for interfacing a fire model with a SAFIR FE model
    • Direct user input: node temperature evolution; heat flux at boundary
    • Post-flashover fires: gas temperature – time relationship
    • Localized fires: Hasemi; LOCAFI; FDS

    Application examples will be provided for the localized fire models.

    Future developments

    Indications will be given about possible developments that could be introduced in the code in the future. Feedback from the audience should help prioritizing the tasks.

    Particular questions

    Although the participants will have the opportunity to ask general questions during all presentations, the last part of the workshop will give the possibility to the delegates who are already using the code to ask particular questions related to their own models or structures to the software developers.


    The workshop is free to attend, but registration is mandatory before 30 April 2018 via email to safir@ulg.ac.be with the subject "SAFIR workshop registration".

    COST workshop "Thermal exposure of combustible and incombustible structures in fire"

    When: Tuesday 5 June 2018, 12:30-18:00

    Where: Hilton Hotel Belfast, Room Lisburn

    The increased popularity of timber buildings led to a renaissance of fire resistance testing of timber products, especially panel elements such as CLT (cross laminated timber). Timber products are combustible and may be considered as fire load in buildings – especially if these products are left unprotected. Furnace testing showed in the past that a lower fuel is needed to follow a default time-temperature curve. This workshop is a result from recent discussions about the applicability of furnace testing results and more general about the thermal exposure of combustibles in comparison to incombustible products.

    Questions which will be dealt with at the workshop are:

    • Q1: What is the best way to describe thermal exposure in fire engineering? How can it be expressed and what parameters influence the thermal exposure of a surface? How can the parameters be determined (in relevant environments). How can engineers calculate heat transfer to a surface?
    • Q2: What is a furnace able to imitate? Is it a time-temperature heating curve, a (real fire) or/and something else?
    • Q3: What are the reasons and consequences of the different fuel consumption in standard fire resistance tests for combustibles and incombustibles? To what extent can combustible products (e.g. timber slabs) be tested in a furnace and results be used to predict the performance in real fires?

    Aim of the Workshop

    The aim of the Workshop is to find a common understanding about important basic definitions and ways to perform fire safety engineering.

    At the end of the workshop, key aspects brought forward in the presentations and discussions will be summarized and later made available to the public.

    Target groups

    The workshop is intended for experts dealing with incombustible and incombustible products, assessment and fire design of building products and researchers developing design methods. Target groups comprise target group of COST FP1404 and are (i) Fire Safety Engineers, (ii) Structural Engineers specialized on fire design. Experts from academia, Students of higher level, authorities, and industry representatives are welcome.

    Travel and participation support

    The attendance in workshop is free. Given the limited funding by the EU/COST FP1404, we are able to support a limited number of active COST FP1404 members and experts for this event acc. to the COST travel reimbursement rules for this event (max. 2 nights, flatrate 85€/night, economy long distance travel). First come, first serve (registration online). Answering questions (Q1) to (Q3) and the calculation example is considered as active contribution. Further information at www.costfp1404.com.


    The COST workshop is free to attend, but registration at www.costfp1404.com is mandatory. Deadline for the application for travel support is 31March 2018.

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