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Thursday, April 29, 2010

What am I doing here? A poem.

What am I doing here?
At first, I did not know.
Was it textile-reinforced mortars?
Or heating steel till it doth glow?

Well the later course, it was chosen,
But it needed something to make it differ
So that my interest and my desire,
Would be steadfast and would not wither.

“Fill the tubes with concrete”, I said
“And smother them with paint,
Load the damn thing axially,
and apply a prescribed heating rate”

I delved into the literature,
To see what others had discovered
The lack of understanding
Well my whole body shuddered.

The concrete that was tested
Was not of the highest calibre
Unlike today, where we reinforce it
With polypropylene and steel fibre

Now I wonder about modelling
Using computers for assistance
To see whether they can help us
Design more accurate fire resistance

I found that this is different
From anything done before
I hope I find my answers
In three years, well maybe four.

By David Rush, PhD student

1 comment:

Vera said...

RIFSE-Belarus Announces Innovative Business Platform Targeting main Products and Services

Research Institute of Fire Safety and Emergencies (RIFSE-Belarus) unveiled an innovative business portal specially designed for connecting entrepreneurs and businesses worldwide with vastly improved customer interface.

The Scientific Research Institute of Fire Safety and Emergencies (RIFSE-Belarus) under the Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Republic of Belarus, the main approved body for standardization in the field of fire safety in Belarus, launched a brand new customer-focused, interactive website.

The site,, is designed in direct response to what the customer really wants. It gives customers detailed information, close-up photographs of all RIFSE-Belarus development work, quality products, international cooperation development and opportunities.

RIFSE-Belarus International cooperation department says:

«At our organization we have always taken customer care very seriously, talking and listening to our customers and taking their views on board. Over the last years we have conducted a series of informal research programs and the results have influenced the new website content. Our customers want to be able to choose on-line, to see the products and find out who we are and how we work.

We are continually innovating and improving our products and services. The new website is the natural next step. As a result, we will continue to refine our products and services to meet customer needs now and in the future».

The company has experienced phenomenal growth since its foundation in 2000. The priority directions of the Institute (RIFSE-Belarus) are scientific support of fire safety for national economic entities, fire prevention and fire fighting, rescue and wrecking operations, development and improvement of normative documents of the Fire Prevention System of Normalization and Standardization, normative documents in the field of fire fighting and emergencies elimination, occupational safety, health and social protection of the Ministry for Emergency Situations.

About Research Institute of Fire Safety and Emergencies (RIFSE-Belarus): Research Institute of Fire Safety and Emergencies is the main approved body for standardization in the field of fire safety in the Republic of Belarus. The Institute specializes in scientific and applied research and in experimental projects in the field of fire safety, prevention and elimination of emergency situations.
The Institute is accredited on independence and competence in the National Accreditation System of Calibration and Testing Laboratories (Certificate of Accreditation ¹BY/ of December 28, 1994) and in the Certification System in the field of fire safety of the Federal Fire Protection Agency of the Ministry for Emergency Situations of the Russian Federation (registration index SSPB.RU. IN.0052).

For further information please contact:
Vera Leonik
Group of International Development Cooperation
Belarus, Minsk Soltisa str.183a, 220046
Tel.: +375 (17) 246 41 58
Fax: +375 (17) 246 57 31
2) (business web-site)