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04/11/2019

Furniture fire safety

Konrad Wilkens Flecknoe-Brown, DBI (Danish Institute of Fire & Security Technology), presented fire tests of polyurethane slabs (1.2m x 0.6m x 50mm), showing that flame spread, time to peak heat release, and peak heat release rate are all very variable and dependent on the point of ignition (edge and corner effects).

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04/11/2019

Conference paper prize winners interviews

Most of the current fire safety solutions were developed in response to and based on fire accidents that occurred in the past, often some time ago.

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04/11/2019

Tomorrow’s fire safety applications

Brian Lattimer, Jensen Hughes (now with Virginia Tech), USA, summarised challenges for fire safety requirements in railways in the USA.

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04/11/2019

Environment and health challenges for fire fighters

Margaret Macnamee, Lund University, presented the Fire Impact Tool (developed from the ENVECO tool), to provide decision support and training information to firefighters on LCA (Life Cycle Analysis) and ERA (local Environmental Risk Assessment) related to different fire interventions.

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04/11/2019

Interview / vision – Colleen Wade, best paper award

The predictability of heavy timber (or mass timber) structures in fire is often given as a benefit, and while this is generally true in relation to standard fire resistance tests, it is not necessarily the case in real fire events.

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04/11/2019

New fire safety challenges for wood products

Presentations noted the strong growth potential of wood-based materials, as a sustainable and ‘desirable’ construction material, but also the specific fire safety challenges to address.

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04/11/2019

Need for integrated approach to fire safety

Patrick Van Hees, Lund University, underlined that fire safety is increasingly complex, with new materials and evolving building design, so that reliance on past fire scenarios is inadequate.

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04/11/2019

Façade fires and consequences of Grenfell

A recurrent theme at Interflam was follow-up from the Grenfell Tower fire catastrophe. (14 June 2017). Despite previous occurrences of fires in high-rise building exterior cladding, it seems this disaster was necessary for regulators to take action.

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04/11/2019

Interflam 2019

The 40th “Interflam” conference (organiser: Interscience) was organised at the Royal Holloway College campus, University of London, UK, 1st – 3rd July 2019.

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