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Saturday, December 27, 2008

Short report on the 32nd International Symposium on Combustion - Montreal

by Dr Guillermo Rein, The University of Edinburgh.

More than 1,100 delegates from 40 countries participated in the 32nd International Symposium on Combustion in Montreal where 7 parallel sessions took place with 5 plenaries, 554 presentations and about 330 posters during the five-day long event. The McGill campus and the city of Montreal were brilliant choices for the venue, providing easy international access, the right facilities and a vibrant cultural atmosphere. The organization was flawless.

This was the third combustion symposium that I attended. I found it very interesting - not only because I learnt about some of the latest developments in combustion science but also because I met some extraordinary people. By attending the ISC, I continue on discovering the roots of the combustion community, the reasons for the path taken in the past and its current aims.

The fire group in Edinburgh presented three papers:

. Small-scale forward smouldering experiments for remediation of coal tar in inert media

. Carbon emissions from smouldering peat in shallow and strong fronts

. Transport mechanisms controlling soot production inside a non-buoyant laminar diffusion flame

Judging from the Symposium plenaries and paper presentations that I attended or read (about 40 of them), the combustion research community has largely focused again on the fundamental research of topics like detailed chemistry, turbulence models and engines/turbines. This feeling is confirmed by reviewing the programme where these three topics were the focus of 35-45% of the talks. Of the 12 colloquia that made the programme, one was dedicated to Fire Research, my expertise. In this colloquium, there were 31 presentations and 20 work-in-progress posters on fire topics that included fundamental aspects of fires, flame spread, radiation effects, combustion suppression, and fire and the environment.

At times, I had the impression that I had already been there. Similarities, in general lines, with previous symposium contents were patent. From my point of view, there were not many breakthroughs but a general lack of exciting topics, with a few exceptions like the plenary lecture of Prof. Sawyer on energy and environmental problems, the talk of Dr Linne on ballistic imaging, and others. The Symposium contained little applied research and little new topics (ie. less that 3% of the papers addressed new technology concepts). In the meantime, some of the biggest scientific concerns of our time are directly linked to combustion processes but largely ignored by the combustion community for some reasons. For example, emissions, energy and environmental problems were the focus of less than 1% of the papers.

For the next symposium in Beijing 2010, I personally look forward a wave of stimulating applied research, and fresh ideas from outside the box in addition to new detailed fundamental studies of older topics.

I appreciate the partial financial support of the British Section of the Combustion Institute to attend the symposium.

Dr G. Rein


NOTE I: Parts of this report has been published in the 2009 Spring Newsletters of the British Section of the Combustion Institute and The International Association of Fire Safety Science .

NOTE II: I asked Prof. Sawyer via the Combustion Institute website if we were doing enough given the great importance of the energy and environment combustion problems? He replied by saying "The debate over the Combustion Institute's role, whether to focus solely on high quality science or to venture into advocacy, has been ongoing for decades. Past decisions to avoid advocacy deserve review. The participation of the new generation of combustion scientists in this debate is essential"

NOTE III: The 5 Plenary Lectures of the Symposium can be watch here

Friday, December 26, 2008

Short report on the 9th IAFSS Symposium in Karlsruhe

by Guillermo Rein, BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering, The University of Edinburgh, UK.

NOTE: See announcement on papers and awards at the 9th IAFSS Symposium

The 9th Symposium of The International Association of Fire Safety Science (IAFSS) was the first IAFSS symposium that I attended; it was a positive experience all together.

The venue was a good choice. The city of Karlsruhe is an appealing town that offers very good communications, diverse cultural atmosphere, and decent weather (in Sept at least). The conference centre held all the talks, breaks and poster sessions within a small area that helped the attendees have frequent and extensive interactions. The organization and events were impeccable (congratulations to Dieter Brein and his team).

The audience was largely composed of academics and some industrial presence was noted. I would be interested in knowing with more accuracy the average age of the attendees, but I would venture it was around 45 years old. I attended about 20 or 22 paper presentations. My favourite papers were those presented by Lonnermark, Matala, Koo, Rangwala, Hostikka and Marshall. They all have three things in common; the papers were of high quality, the topic was original and relevant, and the presenter was a promising, young, communicative researcher.

The most interesting Plenary Lecture was clearly that of Andy Buchanan, who provided not only a review of the challenges in the field of structures and fires but also a philosophy to understand the problem. Ingason's lecture on tunnel fires and Hadjisophocleous's lecture on design fires were also good. I was rather disappointed with the presentation of the Howard Emmons Invited Lecture since it did not present much science and I personally barely learnt anything from it.

One of the most engaging and substantial part of the IAFSS symposium were the Sunday workshops. They were held on the Sunday afternoon before the start of the 9th Symposium in Karlsruhe. This was the first time such workshops have been held. The workshop topicc were:

.Flame spread modelling
.Structural fire engineering
.Egress modelling

All three workshops were well-attended and feedback from the participants was overwhelmingly positive. At least the one that I attended (Structural Fire Engineering). We truly had a sincere exchange of ideas from very different views of the problem. Following is a participant's comment on one of the workshops (Structural fire engineering) also published in the IAFSS Spring 2008 Newsletter.

Short Report on the Structural Fire Workshop,
by Allan Jowsey, Arup Fire London

The Structural Fire Workshop organised by IAFSS provided a valuable opportunity for both consultants and researchers in the field to discuss their opinions regarding current practices, techniques and future research opportunities. The workshop provoked good discussion by specifically addressing an issue which relates not only to structural issues, but also fire dynamics and the role that it plays as a fundamental input to structural analyses. It brought together those involved in both sides of the storey as it were - a feature that is commonly lost when a conference creates parallel sessions that effectively separate the two, or indeed separate conferences entirely.

The workshop also provided a good platform for different presentation topics. It was well structured and organised to introduce the topic with an overview of the subject followed by a series of technical presentations and case studies that reflected how the field of structural fire engineering has evolved, is currently being applied in industry and where it may be heading in the future.

Not only did the workshop provide an insight into various aspects of structural fire engineering, but it provided a context into which they could be put. This in itself is valuable for young researchers to appreciate how their work can influence designs in the wider world.

Friday, December 19, 2008

RAE 2008 results: Edinburgh is 3rd UK Engineering

The RAE 2008 results have now been published.

The Fire Group was part of the School of Engineering submission that was ranked 3rd in the UK and 1st in Scotland in research quality and quantity. According to the analysis by Research Fortnight, in terms of total volume of world-leading research in engineering the top 2 are Cambridge and Oxford. Edinburgh is 3rd and Imperial College 4th.

The Head of School said "This is an extremely encouraging result that recognises the quality, scope and volume of research in our interdisciplinary Research Institutes, addressing major research challenges that include Energy, Bio-Engineering and Fire Safety". It is not often that we see energy and bio associated to fire in an multidisciplinary institution with nearly 100 research staff members (!!).

In other disciplines, Edinburgh was ranked at the very top in Computer Science, Chemistry, Medicine, Architecture, Mathematics, Linguistics, English Literature among others.

The RAE is one of two main sources of research money in UK higher education. Sixty-seven panels of 900 experts look at the work of researchers in discipline and award stars. The higher-education funding councils that mount the RAE use this information to award grants to universities.

* UK research funding and RAE issues are better explained in this article of The Economist: University funding. Chronicle of a death foretold, Jun 22nd 2006
From The Economist.

*Clips and more on the RAE 2008 results at University's website (accessible only from the @ed domain).

* An explanation of RAE results in the context of Computer Science is provided here

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Paper downloads Aug 07- Nov 08

These are the statistics per paper in our ERA collection in the period in from Aug 07 to Nov 08.

Take a look and see the most 'popular' ones.

Number of downloads per paper

1,836 The behaviour of concrete structures in fire
1,796 Light Steel Framing: Improving the Integral Design
1,595 How did the WTC towers collapse: a new theory
1,560 Fire Size in Tunnels
1,458 Determination of Fire Induced Collapse Mechanisms of Multi-Storey Steel Framed Structures
1,298 Large-scale pool fires
1,188 A Study of Fire Durability for a Road Tunnel: Comparing CFD and Simple Analytical Models
1,072 Multi-story Fire Analysis for High-Rise Buildings
1,071 Fire Safety in High-rise Buildings, Lessons Learned from the WTC
977 Behavior of Structures in Fire and Real Design - A Case Study
950 Performance of concrete in fire: a review of the state of the art, with a case study of the windsor tower fire
822 Model-based analysis of a concrete building subjected to fire
798 Tall building collapse mechanisms initiated by fire
602 BRE large compartment fire tests – characterising post-flashover fires for model validation
577 Fire Size and Fire Spread in Tunnels with Longitudinal Ventilation Systems.
573 A Case Study on Building Specifications
561 Application of Genetic Algorithms and Thermogravimetry to Determine the Kinetics of Polyurethane Foam in Smoldering Combustion
505 Applications of Computer Modelling to Fire Safety Design
491 Collapse scenarios of WTC 1 & 2 with extension to generic tall buildings
456 Characterisation of Dalmarnock Fire Test 1
449 Caractérisation de la fraction volumique et de la température des suies d'une flamme de diffusion établie en micropesanteur
440 Clyde Tunnel refurbishment: Modelling the performance of the new lining system and drainage channel in the event of a fire
436 Development and validation of a generalised engineering methodology for thermal analysis of structural members in fire
419 Modelling of Structures in Fire: An Example of the Boundary Condition
414 Ignition Performance of New and Used Motor Vehicle Upholstery Fabrics
388 The Application of a Genetic Algorithm to Estimate Material Properties for Fire Modeling from Bench-Scale Fire Test Data
377 The contribution of asphalt road surfaces to fire risk in tunnel fires: Preliminary findings
366 Analysis of thermal fields generated by natural fires on the structural elements of tall buildings
349 Application of a generalised engineering methodology for thermal analysis of structural members in fire
342 Treatment of Design Fire Uncertainty using Quadrature Method of Moments
336 Experimental Observations on the Thermal Degradation of a Porous Bed of Tires
327 In-Depth Temperature Measurements of Timber in Fires
312 Characterisation of the Thermal and Chemical Effects of Energetic Materials not Likely to Detonate
290 Development of an engineering methodology for thermal analysis of protected structural members in fire
288 The Risk Imposed by Fire to Buildings and How to Address It
272 Heat and Mass Transfer in Fires: Scaling Laws and their Application
261 Modeling of One-Dimensional Smoldering of Polyurethane in Microgravity Conditions
260 Modelling the Propagation of Forward and Opposed Smouldering Combustion
256 Smoke buildup and light scattering in a cylindrical cavity above a uniform flow
252 Soot Volume Fraction Measurements in a Three-Dimensional Laminar Diffusion Flame established in Microgravity
248 Sooting Behaviour Dynamics of a Non-Bouyant Laminar Diffusion Flame
245 Computational Model of Forward and Opposed Smoldering Combustion in Microgravity
243 Experiments and Observation of Peat Smouldering Fires
231 Evaluation of a Large Eddy Simulation's Applicability to a Worst Case Fire Scenario
219 Multi-story Fire Analysis for High-Rise Buildings
217 Material Properties that Control Ignition and Spread of a Fire in Micro-Gravity Environments
199 The role of secondary char oxidation in the transition from smoldering to flaming
169 Evaluation of the Extinction Factor in a Laminar Flame Established over a PMMA Plate in Microgravity
166 A novel engineering tool for thermal analysis of structural members in natural fires

Monday, December 15, 2008

Fire Investigation & Fire Dynamics CPD courses in 2009

The BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering offers the following Continuing Professional Development courses for the spring of 2009:

*23rd Fire Science & Fire Investigation, 30 March - 3 April 2009 [Information]. Well-established and popular course, accredited by the Institution of Fire Engineers.

* 4th Fire Dynamics & Fire Safety Engineering Design, 6 to 8 April 2009 2009 [Information]. Invited speakers from Arup and BRE.

Friday, December 12, 2008

Launched the Edinburgh Fire Alumni group

Dr Allan Jowsey from Arup Fire London has started a group for Alumni, Students and Staff in Fire Safety Engineering from The University of Edinburgh.

The group stands for:
"people who have studied or worked at the University of Edinburgh's fire
research group. The intention of the group is to create a central area
where members can keep in contact and to allow them to see the latest
developments associated with the present Fire Group"

If interested, please register at the link above, you will only need a
Google Groups account.

Also, we are looking for information regarding alumni of Edinburgh...
please pass the word and ask them to contact us.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Demand for fire protection engineers exceeds the supply

According to a recent 2008 study by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, the demand for fire protection engineers is rising and exceeds the supply of qualified personnel. Surveys indicate that this imbalance in demand will continue for at least five more years.

See more at

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

New MSc. in Structural and Fire Safety Engineering

The new taught postgraduate degree MSc in Structural and Fire Safety Engineering aims to equip engineering graduates and working professionals with specialist training in the analysis and design of structures to resist fire. It was introduced in the autumn semester of 2008/09. A summary of the degree can be found here:

Entry requirements and Programme can be found here.

Students are eligible for funding from a variety of external bodies and The University of Edinburgh itself.

Research Positions Available in Fire Engineering

The PhD and Postdoc positions available in the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering are regularly published in this link:

Some PhD positions are fully-funded with grants for UK engineers and some are for European Union engineers. These grant pays all university fees plus a tax-free stipend of over £12,000 per year. Information on how to apply for a PhD and requirements can also be found in the link.

General enquiries on research can be sent to

Monday, November 24, 2008

Visits to our web in Jun-Nov 2008

See here the statistics of visits in the period from June to November 2008 to our website.

This plot shows daily loads from Jun to Nov 2008.

We have an average of ~ 200 per week. Something happened in mid September that produced a sustained increase to ~260 per week since then on. The effect of the recent FireSeat 2008 and the new blog in Nov is obvious and has doubled the normal number of visitors (but now perhaps somehow decaying).

See also here a map of the world with the location of most recent

Monday, November 17, 2008

The Inaugural "Philip H Thomas Lecture"

As part of the 2008 FireSeat Symposium on "Fire & Building Safety in the Single European Market" - held on Wednesday 12th November 2008 - the University of Edinburgh established an annual Lecture and Medal in honour of Dr Philip H. Thomas, formerly of the Fire Research Station.

The inaugural 'Philip H Thomas Lecture' was delivered by Prof Geoff Cox, who worked with Philip for many years.

The lecture was recorded and has been uploaded to YouTube in six parts (plus two other sections for the intro and questions at the end):

Introduction by Prof Jose Torero and Prof Dougal Drysdale:

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:

Part 4:

[Sorry, the example has been removed]

Part 5:

Part 6:


For further information please visit

Friday, October 31, 2008

Maths & Fire Engineering Workshop

The Workshop Mathematical Problems in Fire Safety Engineering was organized by Heriot-Watt University and University of Edinburgh on Oct 31st, 2008, at the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Edinburgh. Six speakers gave invited talks on the topic and more than 30 people attended (full house). Some of the presentations are available in the workshop page. (NOTE: the venue is the house where James Maxwell was born) . Funding was provided by Bridging the Gaps Programme, Edinburgh Research Partnership.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Presentation in Cantabria

Francesco Colella delivered a presentation at the International Congress on Smoke Control in Buildings and Tunnels on Thursday 16th October, 2008, in Santander, Spain.

Here is the video (sorry for the poor quality).

Part 1:

Part 2:

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Work on Wildfires is Finalist of the 2008 SET Awards

Ross Roxburgh (MEng student working on wildfires) was finalists for the The Bentley Motors Award for the Best Mechanical Engineering Student in the 2008 SET Awards:

Ross has also been awarded the Institute of Mechanical Engineering Project Prize and the John McKenzie Newton Prize to present his paper at the International Conference Forest Fires 2008 in Toledo. The title of his thesis was "Study of Wildfire In-draft Flows for Counter Fire Operations" and the lucky supervisor was Dr Rein.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Awards and Papers at the 9th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science

The 9th Symposium of the International Association of Fire Safety Science was celebrated in Karlsruhe, Germany in Sept 2008. The Edinburgh fire group presented 8 papers and more than 20 posters. The papers were:

.A Comparative Analysis of the Use of Different Zone Models to Predict the Mass Smoke Flow for Axisymetric and Spill Plumes

.The Effect of Model Parameters on the Simulation of Fire Dynamics

.An Architecture for an Integrated Fire Emergency Response System for the Built Environment

.Calculation Methods for the Heat Release Rate of Materials of Unknown Composition

.Collapse of tall buildings in multi-storey fires

.FIRESTRUC - Integrating advanced three-dimensional modelling methodologies for predicting thermo-mechanical behaviour of steel and composite structures subjected to natural

.Sensor-linked fire simulation using a Monte-Carlo approach

.Investigation of the Fertilizer Fire aboard the Ostedijk

Some of the papers are also freely accessible in ERA and some of the posters here.

Best Poster Award
Rory Hadden and Guillermo Rein received the Best Poster Award Audience Choice. The poster on Coal Mine Fires is accessible here.

FORUM Student Travel Award
The student Sung-Han Koo received the FORUM Student Travel Award which was introduced this new this year to assist students with travel-related expenses toward their attendance at the 9th IAFSS Symposium in Karlsruhe, Germany.
The award consists of a plaque and a USD $2,000 cash payment to assist the recipient with travel-related expenses. FORUM Student Travel Award nominees must be lead author on a paper accepted for presentation at the 9th IAFSS Symposium and be enrolled in an academic course of study. Sung-Han Koo presented the paper "Sensor-linked fire simulation using a Monte-Carlo approach".

Monday, September 15, 2008

Ben Lawers ascent

We climbed Ben Lawers!

Friday, September 05, 2008

Statue of James Braidwood, first fire fighter

The statue of firemaster James Braidwood is already on the Royal Mile, Edinburgh.

From his Wikipedia entry:
"James Braidwood (1800 - 1861) founded the world's first municipal fire service in Edinburgh in 1824, and was the first director of the London Fire Brigade and is credited with the development of the modern municipal fire service."

Saturday, August 30, 2008

Interview for Peruvian magazine Seguridad & Gerencia (in Spanish)

Prof. Torero was interviewed in the Peruvian magazine "Seguridad & Gerencia" by Monica Morales on the current needs of fire safety engineering in the building and process industries.

The article, in Spanish, can be found here [1st part] and here [2nd part].

Friday, August 15, 2008

Seminario Internacional de Seguridad Contra Incendios, Peru

In August 2008, the 'Seminario Internacional de Seguridad Contra Incendios', was organized by Engineering Services SAC, Lima, to gather the fire safety industry in Peru. The programme had three invited speakers from Edinburgh (Prof Torero, Dr Rein and Dr Schemel).

2008 RAEng Silver Medal

Congratulations to Dr Barbara Lane, an Associate Director with Arup, who has won the prestigious Royal Academy of Engineering Silver Medal for her outstanding contribution to British engineering. Dr Lane is a graduated PhD student in Fire Engineering from the University of Edinburgh.

TV Interview

Televisión Nacional del Perú program "Confirmado Mesa Central" interviewed Prof Jose Torero, August 2008. Also he was interviewed in the Peru 24-hour cable news channel "Canal N".

Saturday, August 09, 2008

Guise Medal

Warm congratulations to Prof. Jose Torero who has received the 2008 Arthur B. Guise Medal from the Society of Fire Protection Engineering. This is the second Guise Medal going to Univ. of Edinburgh, the first went to Prof. Drysdale in 1995. The medal will be given to Jose in a ceremony after his Award Lecture on Oct 14th during the 2008 SFPE The Annual

Video clips from the presentation:

Clip 1: Introduction to "Dr Hose" and the award.

Clip 2: Introduction to the presentation by Jose Torero.

Clip 3: Conclusion to the presentation by Jose Torero.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Old News and Announcements until July 2008

Since august 2008 we moved our News and Announcements to this blog. The old News, Announcements and Media website (used until July 2008) can still be visited here (includes pieces from 2001):

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

2008 Quigley Award for joint student with University of Western Ontario

Congratulations to Stephanie Macphee who has received the 2008 RM Quigley Award for her excellent academic performance in Geotechnical Engineering at The University of Western Ontario. Stephanie is a graduate student at UWO jointly supervised from UoEdinburgh by Dr Rein and working on a simulation tool for STAR (remediation technology for contaminated land using smouldering combustion).

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

BBC Horizon on FireGrid and WTC

BBC Horizon show 'Skyscraper Fire Fighters' featuring FireGrid and the Dalmarnock Tests, 24 April 2007.

* Three minute clip from the programme on YouTube.
* Eight minute Video Podcast from BBC Horizon:
mp4 version (23Mb, for Quicktime, iPod and Mac users), or
avi version (22Mb, for other media players and Windows users, may require DivX 6 installation)

By July 2008, the documentary had been broadcast by BBC UK, SBS Australia, RTE Ireland, TVB Hong Kong, Noga Israel, Al Jazeera Qatar, Chello Multicanal Spain, Eidiseis Star Greece, RTL Belgium, Canal Z Canada, Vox Germany, EBS Korea, Documentary Channel New Zealand, Prava I Prevodi Serbia and BBC Singapore.

Read also the accompanying article in BBC News "A new kind of fire fighting" by Prof. Jose Torero (24 April 2007).

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Radio Interview

BBC Radio 4 interviewed Dr Luke Bisby and Dr Barbara Lane on Structural Fire Engineering. Download postcast of the programme [here].

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Fire Tartan

The Centre now has a 'corporate' tartan (see webpage background), it is officially known as Edinburgh Fire and has been approved by the world tartans register. The tartan was designed and produced (by Andrew Elliot Weavers) using the prize money from the Best Paper award from the 5th Fire & Explosion Hazards International Seminar and from the 'Bodycote Warrington Fire Research Prize for the Best Paper in Fire Safety Engineering' last year (see news: April & July 2007). The tartan is a modified version of the University of Edinburgh tartan, which was launched in 2007, but with added 'fire' colours.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

2008 Lessells Scholarship

Rory Hadden has received the Lessells Travel Scholarship from the Royal Society of Edinburgh to visit the University of California at Berkeley and expand his PhD research in smouldering combustion.

Updated Sept 2008:
Rory's research was highlighted in The Herald when he took part at a Scottish Government reception in the Edinburgh Castle bringing together "the best talent of the new generation of Scotland's scientists".

Building safer by design

Dr Luke Bisby has been appointed Arup Foundation /Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Research Fellow in Structures and Fire and joins the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering as a Reader. [News Release].

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Help with Wikipedia entries

We are looking for volunteers to edit these Wikipedia entries:

BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering

Dalmarnock Tests

Cardington Tests

Prof David Rasbash

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Staticstics of paper downloads (April 2008)

In a small research community like fire engineering, impact factors in journals designed for much large communities in Medicine, Geography and Economics does not really describe the importance of the contributions to the state of the art. Alternative impact factors could be more indicative of the situation. For example the numbers of downloads of papers in the web could be one. I have just consulted the last statistics from Edinburgh Research Archive (ERA). It is a different story. See below another way of quantifying of our impact (in absolute terms and within the context of The University of Edinburgh).

ERA hosts 242 collections and 1,570 papers from the University of Edinburgh at large. It has registered 192,749 downloads mostly from USA, UK and China.

We are the most downloaded collection in the whole University. We have 13 authors in the top 50 most downloaded. We have 11 papers in the top 50 most downloaded.

Details attached.

--------ERA ---- 16/04/2008

ERA collection downloads since 2006
#1 BRE Research Publications 14,634
#2 Institute of Geography 9,982
#3 Management School and Economics 8,764
#17 BRE PhD thesis collection 3,038

ERA name downloads since 2006
#1 Torero, Jose 10,745
#2 Usmani, Asif 6,292
#5 Welch, Stephen 4,264
#6 McLaughlin, Stephen 4,168
#7 Carvel, Ricky 3,975
#21 Rein, Guillermo 2,693
#23 Jowsey, Allan 2,591
#25 Fletcher, Ian 2,442
#27 Lane, Barbara 2,364
#28 Steinhaus, Thomas 2,358
#40 Lamont, Susan 1,636
#45 Flint, Graeme 1,448
#46 Fuentes, Andres 1,407

ERA downloads since 2006 title
#12 1097 The behaviour of concrete structures in fire
#21 854 Study of a non-buoyant diffusion flame radiative
#25 820 Light Steel Framing: Improving the Integral Design
#26 803 Fire Size in Tunnels
#27 795 Large-scale pool fires
#28 794 Interactions between the Reaction Zone and Soot Field #36 721 How did the WTC towers collapse: a new theory
#39 634 Determination of Fire Induced Collapse Mechanisms of
#42 577 A Study of Fire Durability for a Road Tunnel: Comparing #45 562 Performance of concrete in fire: a review of the state
#47 549 Behavior of Structures in Fire and Real Design - A Case

Friday, February 15, 2008

Paolo Pironi receives Student Research Award

Paolo Pironi has been awarded the second prize at the 2008 Student Research Contest in Groundwater Practices sponsored by Geosyntec Consultants, Canada. Paolo's STAR experiments have enable to patent a novel remediation technology for contaminated soil using smouldering combustion.

Dec 2009 UPDATE: STAR's work has been published in the Proceedings of the Combustion Institute