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State-of-the-art in fire modelling, London

  • Lecture
  • London
  • 04 June 2018
  • 17:30 - 19:30
State-of-the-art in fire modelling, London

About this event

Simulation tools for modelling fires facilitate the prediction and understanding of their impact on structures and human occupants. The hazardous conditions in post flashover fires, and requirement to address fire development in the large/complex spaces typical of modern architecture, present new challenges, including underventilated combustion, fire spread and new materials.  Moreover, due to the inherent complexity of fire and fire-structure interactions, together with the unpredictable nature of human interventions, deterministic models will ultimately fail.  

New approaches are now under development which permit a more generalised treatment of the fire boundary condition and associated thermo-mechanical response.  These include thermal analysis models which consider the variability in fire protection materials, representations of travelling fires which are tied to the fundamental fire physics, and the idea of sensor-linked fire models which respond to the changing fire conditions in real time.  This is being made possible in part by means of modern computing tools implemented on High Performance Computing platforms, together with full scale validation experiments. 

The lecture will give an overview of current state-of-the-art in fire modelling techniques, illustrated by a variety of application examples.

This lecture is supported by ICE. The event is free to attend and open to all. Book online here


17:30 - Registration and refreshments
18:00 - Lecture begins
19:00 - Q&A session
19:30 - Lecture ends

Event venue

Institution of Mechanical Engineers
1 Birdcage Walk
London SW1H 9JJ
United Kingdom

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