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The conference programme is reviewed by members of the Fire and Materials Journal Editorial Board:

Stephen Grayson
Interscience Communications, UK
Vytenis Babrauskas
Fire Science & Technology Inc, USA
Marcelo Hirschler
GBH International, USA
Marc Janssens
SWRI, USA
Mohammed Khan
FM GLobal, USA
Patrick Van Hees
Lund University, Sweden


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Fire and Materials 2015
Programme

 
                      
Overview
Breakfast 08.00 - 09.00hrs
Conference 09.15 - 17.30hrs
Breakfast 07.50 - 08.50hrs
Conference 08.50 - 17.05hrs
Breakfast 07.50 - 08.50hrs
Conference 08.50 - 16.15hrs
Session A
Session B
Session A
Session B
Session A
Session B
   
   
Lunch
Lunch
Lunch
   
   
Welcome Reception
Optional Dinner
    
MONDAY, 2nd February
08.00 - 09.00
Delegate Conference Breakfast served in Presidio Foyer
09.15
Welcome and Introduction
Chair: Stephen Grayson, Interscience Communications Ltd, UK
 
ELECTRO-TECHNICAL
Chair: Patrick van Hees, Lund Univ, Sweden
BUILDING FIRES
Chair: Sergey Dorofeev, FM Global, USA
09.30 Emissions from flame retarded and non-flame retarded circuit board laminates
Alex Morgan, M Kahandawala, Univ of Dayton and B Gullet, D Tabor, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, USA
 Regulation of foam plastic insulation by US construction codes
Marcelo Hirschler, Timothy Earl, GBH International, USA
09.50  Small scale evaluation and characterization of simulated low voltage cables with and without electrical current
Serge Bourbigot, J Sarazin, P Bachelet, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille (ENSCL), France
Challenges for fire safety in ETIC systems with polystyrene insulation
Anja Hofmann, S Kaudelka , BAM and A Ruhs, Frankfurt Fire and Rescue Service, Germany
10.10 Characterization of the thermal exposure in the EN 50399 cable test apparatus
Michael Försth, J Sjöström, P Andersson, SP Technical Research Inst of Sweden, U Wickström, Luleå University of Technology, Sweden and B Girardin, Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille, France
 Fire safety of textile membranes in temporary structures
Per Blomquist, A Bergstrand, N Neumann, I Larsson, P Thureson, SP Technical Research Inst of Sweden and S Bengtsson, Brandskyddslaget, Sweden
10.30
Discussion
Discussion
10.45
Refreshments
Refreshments
 
ELECTRO-TECHNICAL
Chair: Patrick van Hees, Lund Univ, Sweden
BUILDING FIRES
Chair: Sergey Dorofeev, FM Global, USA
 11.15 Small scale tests and numerical modelling of fire performance for electrical cable
B. Girardin, G. Fontaine S. Duquesne S. Bourbigot, ENSCL, France, L. Delineau, Leoni Studer AG, M. Försth, SP Technical Research Inst of Sweden and F. Hewitt, A. Witkowski, A.Stec, T R. Hull,
University of Central Lancashire UK

Polystyrene foam insulation with a sustainable flame retardant: transition update”
Christine Lukas , Dow Chemical Company UK Ltd, UK, L Ross, Intech. Consulting Inc., USA, I Beulich, H Hollnagel, Dow Europe GmbH, Switzerland, Mark Beach, J Davis, J Hull, B King, S Kram, T Morgan, M Porter, W Stobby, The Dow Chemical Company, USA
11.35 Studying fire behaviour of photovoltaic panels with a Cone Calorimeter
CL Chow, SS Han, City University of Hong Kong
A case study on the effect of building construction type, height and area on the building fire risk using the fire risk assessment model CUrisk
Xiao Li, P Rao, X Zhang, G Hadjisophocleous, Carleton University, Canada
11.55
Discussion
Discussion
12.10
Lunch
Lunch
 
ELECTRO-TECHNICAL
Chair: Richard Lyon, Federal Aviation Administration, USA
COMPARTMENT FIRES
Chair: Anne Steen-Hansen, SP Fire Research AS, Norway
13.20 An investigation of thermally-induced failure of a lithium ion battery
Xuan Liu, S Stoliarov, Z Wang, University of Maryland and M Denlinger, A Masias, K Snyder, Ford Motor Company, USA
Cone Calorimeter and Room Corner Fire Testing of Balsa Wood Core / Phenolic Composites Skin Sandwich Panels
Alex Morgan, E Toubia, Univ of Dayton, USA
13.40 Energy release from lithium ion batteries in the Bomb Calorimeter
Richard Walters, R Lyon, Federal Aviation Administration, USA
Gas and particle effluents released from boundaries of fire compartments: First results and analyses
Miroslav Smolka, Rockwool Intl, Denmark, V Mozer, Univ of Zilina, Slovakia and P Tofilo, The Main School of Fire, Warsaw, Poland
14.00 Influence of the state of charge on the heat release rate of Li-ion batteries
Hubert Biteau, V Somandepalli, Exponent, USA

Time until flashover as a function of polyurethane content in a cell or structure
Kate Grimwood, Australian Inst of Forensic Fire Investigation / Univ of Technology, Sydney and M Tahtouh, C Roux, Univ of Technology, Sydney,Australia

14.20
Discussion
Discussion
14.35
Refreshments
Refreshments
 
FIRE TESTING
Chair: Marc Janssens, SwRI, USA
FIRE RESISTANCE
Chair: Colleen Wade, BRANZ, New Zealand
15.00 Practical aspects of microscale combustion calorimetry
Richard Lyon, R Walters, Federal Aviation Administration, N Safronava, Technology and Management International and S Stoliarov, University of Maryland, USA
Optical characterization of high temperature deformation in novel structural materials
John Gales, Carleton University and M Green, Queen's University, Canada
15.20 Flammability characteristics of intact forest litter on clay substrate as tested in enhanced Cone Calorimeter and modeled with the Fire Dynamic Simulator
Mark Dietenberger, M Dickinson, C Boardman, USDA Forest Service

Performance and design of intumescent coatings on concrete filled hollow steel sections
David Rush, L Bisby, Uni of Edinburgh and A Jowsey, International Paint Ltd, UK

15.40 Comparison of the Heat Release Rate from the Mass Loss Calorimeter to the Cone Calorimeter for Wood-Based Materials
Laura Hasburgh, R White, M Dietenberger, C Boardman, USDA Forest Products Laboratory, USA
Heat transfer in small-scale models of exterior wall designs
C Aire, D Torvi, University of Saskatchewan, M DiDomizio, E Weckman, University of Waterloo and R Roos, Roxul Inc, Canada
16.00

Development of large-format Cone Calorimeter for measuring low levels of heat release – Pertaining to duct flow rates
Koichi Yoshida, Yokohama National University, H Yoshioka, National Inst for Land and Infrastructure and Management , T Hayakawa, Tokyo Systems Vac Inc and T Noguchi, University of Tokyo, Japan

Analysis of cross-laminated timber charring rates upon exposure to non-standard heating conditions
Alastair Bartlett, R Hadden, L Bisby, University of Edinburgh and A Law, Arup, UK
16.20

Obtaining additional smoke characteristics using multi-wavelength light transmission measurements
Konrad Wilkens, P van Hees, Lund University, Sweden

Revisiting normalised heat load and its application in a compartment fire model
Colleen Wade, BRANZ and C Fleischmann, M Spearpoint, A Abu, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
 
Discussion
Discussion
 
Close
Close
17.15
Conference Reception and Buffet - Presidio Foyer
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TUESDAY,3rd February

07.50 - 08.50

Delegate Conference Breakfast served in Presidio Foyer
 
FIRE TESTING (cont)
Chair: Beth Weckman,
University of Waterloo, Canada
TRANSPORTATION
Chair: Joe Zicherman, Fire Cause Analysis, USA
8.50 An exercise in obtaining flame radiation fraction from the cone calorimeter
James Quintiere, University of Maryland and R Lyon, S Crowley, FAA Technical Center, USA

Car bumpers reaction to fire
Célia Rich, LCPP, France / University of Lausanne, Switzerland, B Vanlerberghe, N Risler, S Pereira-Rodrigues, LCPP, France and O Delémont, University of Lausanne, Switzerland

9.10

Application of FTIR analyzers to fire gases - progress in apparatus and method validation for quantitative analysis
Eric Guillaume, L Saragoza, LNE, France

Motorcoach tire fire prevention
Rhoads (Rody) Stephenson, Friedman Research Corp and J Huczek, SwRI, USA
9.30

Testing metal wall panel systems
Cynthia Frank, M Slocumb, FM Approvals, USA

Motorcoach engine compartment test procedure development
Jason Huczek, SwRI and R Stephenson, Friedman Research Corporation, USA
9.50 A new fire performance test for cavity wall insulation
Kristin Jamison, M Khan, FM Global and D Boardman, FM Approvals, USA
Aircraft blanket ignition and toxic emission in simulated aircraft cabin fires using the Cone Calorimeter
Gordon Andrews, M Bell, L Witty, A Alarifi, H Phylaktou, University of Leeds, UK
10.10
Discussion
Discussion
10.30
Refreshments
Refreshments
 
IGNITION
Chair: Mohammed M. Khan, FM Global, USA
TRANSPORTATION
Chair: Anja Hofmann, BAM, Germany
11.00 Challenges in Determining Critical Mass Flux for Ignition
Frida Vermina Lundström, P van Hees, Lund University, Sweden

Gas temperature and concentration measurements in the vicinity of a burning/decomposing carbon-epoxy aircraft composite material
Sean Kearney, A Dodd, A Bohlin, C Kliewer, Sandia National Laboratories, USA

11.20 An ignition model for wood under transient radiant exposures
Matt DiDomizio, P Mulherin, E Weckman, University of Waterloo, Canada

Challenges in establishing design fires for passenger rail vehicles
Joe Zicherman, Fire Cause Analysis and C Lautenberger, A Wolski, Reax Engineering, USA

11.40 A study of ignition by rifle bullets
Sara McAllister, M Finney, T Maynard, I Grob, USDA Forest Service, USA
Thermo mechanical behaviour of panels’ assembly exposed to an ISO 834 fire test
Jean-Charles Craveur, B Mercier,, J Bournot, ISMANS and S Lair, MAPAC Panel, France
12.00
Discussion
Discussion
12.15
Lunch
Lunchs
 
MODELING
Chair: Kathryn Butler , NIST, USA
VENTILATION-CONTROLLED FIRES
Chair: Eric Guillaume, LNE, France
13.40

Pyrolysis simulation of fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) composites: challenges of zero-dimensional testing of resin and additive mixtures to measure kinetic parameters
Nicholas Dembsey, B Gillespie, M Long, N McMillan, C Walde, WPI and William Kreysler, Kreysler & Associates, USA

Determination of the fire behaviour of an acrylonitrile butadiene styrene material using a Controlled Atmosphere Cone Calorimeter
Fabien Hermouet, LNE / Institut P', É Guillaume, LNE, T Rogaume, F Richard, Institut P' and X Ponticq, Centre d’Etude des TUnnels (CETU), France
14.00

Challenges in predicting the pyrolysis rate of solid materials
Marc Janssens, SwRI, USA

Experimental investigation of externally venting flames in under-ventilated compartment fires
Eleni Asimakopoulou, D Kolaitis, M Founti, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
14.20 Modeling Flame Spread Over Carpeting in the ASTM E648 Radiant Panel Test
K. Ranjan Samant, E.I DuPont de Nemours and Company and K Butler, NIST, USA
The breakage behaviour of point-fixed glass systems in fires
Y Wang, Q Wang, J Sun, University of Science and Tech of China, J Wen, WarwickFIRE, University of Warwick and K M Liew, City University of Hong Kong
14.40
Discussion
Discussion
14.55
Refreshments
Refreshments
 
MODELING
Chair: Nicholas Dembsey , WPI, USA
WILDLAND/URBAN INTERFACE
Chair
15.25

Experimental and pyrolysis modeling study of delaminating materials
Dong Zeng, M Chaos, Y Wang, S Dorofeev, FM Global, USA

Climate impact on forest fire risk in Sweden
Francine Amon, J Sjöström, L Vylund, S Fasth, SP Fire Research, Sweden
15.45 Using the Cone Calorimeter to develop a detailed model of carpet for flammability studies
Kathryn Butler, J R Shields, NIST and K Ranjan Samant, E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co, USA

A model to evaluate infrastructures vulnerability in case of forest fires in wildland-urban interfaces zones
Laura Bonora, National Research Council, F Martelli, National Reseach Council, Italy, N Brachetti Montorselli, DSISTAF, University of Florence and E Tesi, Tuscany Region - Settore programmazione forestale, Italy

16.05 Pyrolysis of solid materials exposed to high thermal radiative heat flux
Matieu Gillet, Direction Générale de l’Armement - DGA / DT / TA / MT / MTO, G. Rambaud, CEA, DAM, GRAMAT, France

Firebrand accumulation zones in front of structures in wildland-urban interface (WUI) fires
Samuel Manzello, NIST, USA and S Suzuki, NRIFD, Japan

16.25

Numerical modeling of vertical flame testing of nylon-cotton and flame resistant fabric combat uniforms
Esther Kim, T Godfrey, NSRDEC and N Dembsey, WPI, US

Effect of siding treatment on firebrand production from building components
Sayaka Suzuki, NRIFD, Japan and S Manzello, NIST, USA
16.45

FireFOAM modeling of standard class 2 commodity rack storage fires
Ning Ren, J de Vries, K Meredith M Chaos, Y Wang, FM Global, USA

On the safety of LPG tanks located in the Wildland Urban Interface during a wildfire
Frederic Heymes, L Aprin, P Lauret & S Forestier, Ecole des Mines d’Alès, France
17.05
Discussion
Discussion
17.30
Close
Close
19.00
Optional Dinner at Swiss Louis, Pier 39
Meet in hotel foyer at 6.45pm to walk 7 minutes to venue
WEDNESDAY, 4th February

07.50 - 08.50

Delegate Conference Breakfast served in Presidio Foyer
 
FURNITURE AND MATTRESSES
Chair: Marcelo Hirschler, GBH International, USA
FIRE INVESTIGATION - WILDLAND
Chair: Samuel Manzello, NIST, USA
8.50

Cigarette ignition of cellulosic materials with non-fire standards compliant (non-FSC) cigarettes
James Lord, J Geiman, ATF Fire Research Laboratory, USA

Relative humidity and wildland fire ignition by cigarettes
Tara Henriksen, C Warren, K Lewis, CASE Forensics Corp, USA
9.10 Furniture fire safety solutions: A study on the Open Flame Ignition Resistance of California Technical Bulletin 117-2013 compliant upholstered furniture
Carl Powell, R Campbell, M Moore, Great Lakes Solutions, USA
Influence of moisture and organic content on cigarette ignition of potting soil samples
Amanda Robbins, M Bodnar, M Lejeune, P Senez, SERECA, Canada
9.30 Fire behavior of bed mattress on the viewpoint of flame-spread
Kye-Won Park, FILK, South Korea, J-J Jeong, M Mizuno, Y Ohmiya, Tokyo University of Science, Japan
Spot fire ignition of natural fuel beds by hot aluminum particles
James Urban, C D Zak and C Fernadez-Pello, University of California Berkeley, USA
9.50
Discussion
Discussion
10.05
Refreshments
Refreshments
 
FLAME RETARDANTS AND COATINGS
Chair: Alex Morgan, Univ of Dayton, USA
FIRE INVESTIGATION
Chair: Vytenis Babrauskas, Fire Science & Technology Inc., USA
10.30 Milligram-scale Flame Calorimeter: A novel instrument for flammability assessment using mg-sized samples
Fernando Raffan-Montoya, X Ding, S Stoliarov, University of Maryland, USA and R Kraemer, BASF-SE, Germany
Effects of cooking on the thermal ignition behavior of vegetable oil
Delmar Morrison, S Dee, B Cox, R Hart, R Farina, Exponent Inc, USA
10.50 Combustion characteristics of flat panel televisions with and without fire retardants in the casing
Matthew Blais, K Carpenter, SwRI, USA
How can a wood pellet stove cause a fire?
Herve Breulet, ISSeP, Belgium
11.10 Fire propetries of borated polyethylene
Dan Madsen, Grontmij AB, P van Hees, Lund University, F Jörud, ESS AB, Sweden

Investigation of the fire hazard of mixed material piles in recycling facilities
Nicole Nagy, P Mulherin, M DiDomizio, E Weckman, University of Waterloo, Canada
11.30 New phosphate epoxy flame retardants for polyurethanes
Vladimir Benin, A Morgan, Univ of Dayton, USA
How PVC-insulated cables exposed to radiant heat fluxes cause short circuits and arc beads
Tomoyasu Iwashita, Yamanashi Prefectural Police HQ / Tokyo Univ of Science, Y Hagimoto, Hagimoto Fire Research Lab, O Sugawa, Tokyo Univ of Science, Japan and M Keller, ATF Fire Research Lab, USA
11.50
Discussion
Discussion
12.10
Lunch
Lunch
 
FLAME RETARDANTS AND COATINGS
Chair: Serge Bourbigot, ENSCL, France
FIRE INVESTIGATION
Chair: Vytenis Babrauskas, Fire Science & Technology Inc., USA
13.20 Thermanl protection of natural fibre-thermoplastic composites using sol-gel coating
Baljinder Kandola , W Pornwannachai and E Caminade, Univ of Bolton, UK and J Alongi, Politecnico di Torino, Italy
Fish tank heater fire analysis
Kevin Lewis, D Murphy, S Scheiff, T Henriksen, Case Forensics, USA
13.40 Low emissivity surfaces for improved fire performance
Robert Svensson, M Försth, SP Fire Research, SP Technical Research Inst of Sweden
A detailed look at the necked vessel flame thrower effect
P Kennedy, Richard Meier, G Gorbett, K Smith and P Powell, John A Kennedy Assocs, USA
14.00 Revealing the inner secrets of intumescent chars by advanced small scale tests combined with µ-CT
Michael Morys, B Illerhaus, H Sturm, B Schartel, BAM, Germany
Gas-fired space heaters: Defective products, defective standards, and burned victims
Vytenis Babrauskas, Fire Science & Technology Inc., USA
4.20
Discussion
Discussion
14.35
Refreshments
Refreshments
 
FLAME RETARDANTS AND COATINGS
Chair: Chris Lucas, Dow Chemical Company, UK
FIRE INVESTIGATION
Chair: John DeHaan, Fire-ex Forensics, USA
15.00 Effect of flame retardants on polymer heat release rate
Marcelo Hirschler, GBH International, USA
Assessment of damage by fire investigators
Lee McCarthy, Crane Engineering, J Geiman,Fire & Risk Alliance , USA
15.20 Simulations of gas-phase interactions of phosphorus flame retardants with diffusion flame structure
Fumiaki Takahashi, Case Western Reserve University, V Katta, Innovative Scientific Solutions and G Linteris, V Babushok, NIST, USA
Investigation on the Pontine Tower fire
Cristina D'Angelo, Department of Firefighters, Department of Environmental Protection and Green-Civil Protection, Rome Municipality, S Di Maria, Fire Brigade of Latina, Ministry of the Interior, Italy
15.40 Experimental and numerical simulations of the gas-phase effectiveness of phosphorus compounds
Gregory Linteris, N Bouvet, V Babushok, NIST, F Takahashi, Case Western Reserve University, V Katta, Innovative Scientific Solutions,USA and R Krämer, BASF SE, Germany
Evaluation of fire spread in the large Lærdal fire, January 2014
Anne Steen-Hansen, A Gagnat Bøe, K Hox, R Fjellgaard Mikalsen, J Stensaas, K Storesund, SP Fire Research AS, Norway
16.00
Discussion
Discussion
16.15
Close and Refreshments
Close and Refreshments
   
The programme is correct at time of going to press but the organisers reserve the right to make changes as and when necessary.

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