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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

    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

    Kang Hai TanNanyang Technological UniversitySingapore
    Daniel JoyeuxEfectis FranceFrance
    Florian BlockBuro HappoldUK
    Olivier VassartArcelor MittalLuxembourg
    Susan LamontArupUAE
    Tom LenonBREUK
    Frantisek WaldCzech Technical University in PragueCzech Republic
    Yong WangManchester UniversityUK
    Timothy LiuDirector, BB7 Fire and Security ConsultantsUK
    LinHai HanTsinghua UniversityChina
    Charles CliftonUniversity of AucklandNew Zealand

    Track 2: Concrete Structures

    Venkatesh KodurMichigan State UniversityUSA
    Ali, FarisUlster UniversityUK
    Bhargava, PradeepIIT RoorkeeIndia
    Bisby, LukeUniversity of EdinburghUK
    Fontana, MarioETH ZürichSwitzerland
    Gambarova, PietroPolitech. MilanItaly
    Green, MarkQueen's UniversityCanada
    Matsagar, VasantIIT DelhiIndia
    Mendis, PriyanUniversity of MelbourneAustralia
    Naser, Mohannad Z.Michigan State UniversityUSA
    Raman, AnanthIndian Institute of ScienceIndia
    Taerwe, LucUniversity of GentBelgium
    Wu, BoSCUTChina
    Zhang, HaiyanSouth China University of TechnologyChina
    Haweeleh, RamiAmerican University of SharjahUAE
    Agarwal, AnilIIT-HIndia

    Track 3: Timber Structures and Fire Protection Materials

    Andrea FrangiETHZSwitzerland
    Alar JustTallinn University of TechnologyEstonia
    Andy BuchananUniversity of CanterburyNew Zealand
    Birgit ÖstmanLinnaeus UniversitySweden
    Christian DagenaisFP InnovationsCanada
    Daniel BrandonRISE (Swedish Research Institute)Sweden
    Joachim SchmidETH ZurichSwitzerland
    Marc JanssensSW Research InstituteUSA
    Massimo FragiacomoUniversity of L’AquilaItaly
    Michael KlippelETH ZurichSwitzerland
    Norman WertherTU MunichGermany
    Pedro PalmaEMPASwitzerland
    Rory HaddenUniversity of EdinburghUK
    Steve CraftCHM Fire Consultants LimitedCanada

    Track 4: Numerical Modelling

    Asif UsmaniHong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong Kong
    Angus LawUniversity of EdinburghUK
    Anne JeffersUniversity of MichiganUSA
    Bin ZhaoCTICMFrance
    Chao ZhangNISTUSA
    CS ManoharIndian Institute of ScienceIndia
    Hamid RonaghUniversity of QueenslandAustralia
    Jean-Marc FranssenUniversity de LiègeBelgium
    Martin GillieWarwick UniversityUK
    Suwen ChenTongji UniversityChina
    Kazunori HaradaKyoto UniversityJapan
    Liming JiangHong Kong Polytechnic UniversityHong Kong
    Cristian Maluk ZedanUniversity of QueenslandAustralia

    Track 5: Composite Structures

    Guo Qiang LiTongji UniversityChina
    Ali NadjaiUlster UniversityUK
    Colin BaileyUniversity of ManchesterUK
    David LANGERISESweden
    Dionis DhimaCSTBFrance
    Jian JiangNISTUSA
    João Paulo RodriguesUniversidade de CoimbraPortugal
    Manuel Romero Spain
    Martin MensingerTU MünchenGermany
    Peijun WangShandong UniversityChina
    Peter SchaumannUniversity of HannoverGermany
    Weiyong WangChongqing UniversityChina
    Yong DuNanjing University of TechnologyChina

    Track 6: Steel Structures

    Paulo Vila RealUniversity of AveiroPortugal
    Carlos CoutoUniversity of AveiroPortugal
    Christophe RenaudCTICMFrance
    Ian BurgessUniversity of SheffieldUK
    Jyri OutinenRambollFinland
    Leroy GardnerImperial CollegeUK
    Mahen MahendranQueensland University of TechnologyAustralia
    Maria GarlokPrinceton UniversityUSA
    Markus KnoblochRuhr-Universität BochumSwitzerland
    Michael D. EngelhardtUniversity of Texas at AustinUSA
    Nuno LopesUniversity of AveiroPortugal
    Raul ZahariaUniversity of TimisoaraRomania

    Track 7: Experimental Research and any Other

    Ali NadjaiUlster UniversityUK
    Aldina SantiagoUnivewrsity of CoimbraPortugal
    Danny HopkinOlsson Fire and RiskUK
    Emidio NigroUniversity of Naples Federico IIItaly
    Francois HanusArcelor MittalLuxembourg
    Gisèle BIHINACTICMFrance
    Konstantinos Daniel TsavdaridisLeeds UniversityUK
    Muhammad Masood RafiNED University KarachiPakistan
    OZAKI FuminobuNagoya UniversityJapan
    Piergiacomo CancelliereMinistry of Interiour Italian Central for fireItaly
    Thomas GernayUniversity of LiegeBelgium
    Jochen ZehfussBraunschweigGermany
    Richard EmberleyCalifornia Polytech state UniversityUSA
    Jose TereroMaryland UniversityUSA
    Amar KhennaneUniversity of New South WalesAustralia
    Ricardo FakuryUniversity of Minas GeraisBrazil
    Talal FetahUlster UniversityUK
  • 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 20.  No extensions will be offered for submissions.

    To publish the papers as conference proceedings, the publisher requires a Copyright Release Form that can be found here: Copyright Release Form (will open soon)

    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 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.

    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.

  • 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

    hhe 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 conference schedule will be available once abstracts have been reviewed.

    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.

    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.

    The conference organisers have decided that oral presentations will not be supplemented with a poster.

    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.

  • 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


    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


    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


    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


    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



    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



    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



    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

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


    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



    Bullitt Hotel

    • £95 per room per night to include a cooked breakfast

    T: 02895 900600




    • £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



    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



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    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

    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 with the subject "SAFIR workshop registration".

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