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FireSERT is one of the UK and Europe’s premier University research facility for fire safety science and engineering. The “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 to protect materials and plastics from fires impact, how people react to fire and how to model fire and fire related phenomena including building evacuation.  FireSERT being a resource for fire education and fire research throughout Europe and the World provides the research infrastructure for the construction and allied industries to produce cost effective performance-based buildings without compromising safety, to assist with the development and utilisation of new constructional fire safety components whilst providing independent views on fire safety regulatory issues to government and other bodies.

FireSERT has facilities to perform research and industrial development from nanoscale to full scale fire behaviour of materials and products. The large-scale facilities are complemented by a well-equipped fire dynamics and chemistry laboratory as well as extensive dedicated computer facilities for computational fire and explosion modeling for fire growth, smoke, and toxicity.

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Fire testing

Our purpose-built state-of-the-art fire testing facilities and equipment means that we can test a wide range of building, construction and transport materials and products.


Fire resistance and protection

Full scale test validation related to reaction and resistance to fire testing of materials or structures.


Fire modelling

Recent research has shown that standard fire resistance requirements are typically over-specifying the fire protection needed.


Material characterisation

The Cone Calorimeter is the most significant bench scale instrument in the field of fire testing. Heat release is the key measurement required to assess the fire development of materials and products.


Ignition testing

The Euro classification construction products directive enables various performance classes (A to F) to be established for wall and roofing products and floor-coverings.  


Human behaviour in fire

Human Behaviour in Fire is the study of human response when exposed to fire and other similar emergencies in buildings, structures and transportation systems.