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About fire safety and engineering

Fire Safety Engineering Research and Technology (FireSERT) at Ulster University is internationally recognised for its excellence and contribution to Fire Safety Engineering and Science.

FireSERT's research is focused on five key areas:

  • Fire dynamics and materials
  • Structural fire engineering
  • Human behaviour in fire
  • Fire protection and materials
  • Fire modelling

State of the art infrastructure and equipment

Our 'state of the art' infrastructure and equipment at FireSERT is making a major contribution to the study of how fires develop, how structures respond to fire, how people react to fire and how to model fire and fire related phenomena including building evacuation.

FireSert's activities are centred around reducing the cost of fire safety provisions in buildings, with particular focus on the behaviour of new and innovative materials and building components.

FireSERT is a world-leading provider of:

  • higher education in scientific and technical fire safety engineering
  • tailor-made fire safety short courses and training programs
  • strategic fire safety science and engineering research
  • commissioned fire safety science and engineering research
  • commercially sponsored fire safety science and engineering research
  • fire safe product and component development
  • fire testing
  • fire safety engineering support to industry and commerce
  • independent advice to government and its agencies

Exceptional facilities

FireSERT has exceptional facilities for undertaking research these include a 600m2 burn hall which allows full-scale fire research to be undertaken, a large-scale combination wall and floor furnace (3m x 3m x 4m long) and intermediate and small size furnaces which facilitate investigations over a wide range of scales.

These facilities are complemented by a well-equipped fire dynamics and chemistry laboratory furnished with TGA/FTIR/DSC/MS and two cone calorimeters, one standard, one having a controlled oxidizer atmosphere, particular image velocimetry (laser technology) and water mist system with a 100 bars capacity pressure.

In addition to the experimental laboratories, extensive dedicated computer facilities are available for fire modelling, using CFD.

A specific set of laboratories are also available for the investigation of human behaviour in fire, allowing fundamental work to be undertaken on human responses to fire and evacuation simulations.