Francesca was awarded a student research grant from the SFPE Foundation, the money will be used to partially fund large-scale experiments that will be running at ITB Poland in spring/summer 2021. These experiments will investigate the mechanical performance of curtain wall facades exposed to non-uniform heating from fire.
News from Hazelab
El-Shanawany Memorial Prize
Eirik was awarded the Dr Ashraf Ben El-Shanawany Memorial Prize! Dr El Shanawany was an Engineering Doctorate student at Imperial College, who died in 2017, shortly after finishing his thesis entitled Uncertainty Quantification in Probabilistic Safety Analysis. The prize is awarded for outstanding achievement in research, public outreach, and innovation with focus on safety. We are proud of Eirik and honoured for this medal.
Flash Points submissions
Hazelab submitted eight videos to the Flash Points communication competition organized by the SFPE London student chapter. Francesca and Matt won an award for outstanding video from the committee! Congrats to Dwi, Agung, Simona, Eirik, Harry and Xuanze, all videos were great!
News from Hazelab
Evacuation from Wildfires grant
Imperial Hazelab is part of two research grants recently won to simulate the evacuation from wildfires. Funders are NIST in USA and RAEng (Safer Complex Systems). In the context of the ferocious wildfires in the West Coast, especially in California and Oregon, and when 500 thousand people have been evacuated from their homes, a computational tool that allows for better and faster evacuations is essential. This is a collaboration of Hazelab group with University of Lund (Sweden) . Movement Strategies (UK), RMIT (Australia), NRC (Canada) and NFPA (USA).
According to a new review paper by our battery fire research team, battery safety standards do not represent real-world scenarios that could cause fires and are therefore not robust enough to prevent, detect, and suppress battery fires. They believe that fire safety issues with lithium-ion batteries could be addressed with better collaboration across sectors.
Friends of Imperial Webinar
Guillermo was invited to give a talk to Friends of Imperial, a charity which advances education for the public by giving access to extraordinary developments and discoveries taking place at Imperial College London. He explained how science contributes to reduce the worldwide burden of accidental fires and argues that not all fires are bad.
News from Hazelab
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Cladding research cited on the Financial Times
Research carried out by Hazelab in collaboration with ITB in Poland was cited in an article of the Financial Times and featured on the front page! The research found HPL and ACP+FR to be the most flammable categories of cladding panels assessed. The study was led by PhD student Matthew Bonner.
The Great Exhibition Road Festival 2019
Hazelab participated in the 2019 edition of Exhibition Road Festival which brings together Imperial College, the V&A, Science and Natural history Museums. At our stand, we show some of the exciting research that we do and how it benefits society in the shape of technology.
Guillermo receives Arthur B Guise Medal
Guillermo was awarded the 2018 Arthur B Guise medal by the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. The medal is assigned to an individual for eminent achievement in the advancement of the science and technology of fire protection engineering. Guillermo was rewarded for his work in the area of research, innovation and education
The Great Fired-Up of London
Imperial College hosted Fired-up following the event’s success at the University of Edinburgh in 2018. The event is a chance for young, UK based fire researches to meet up and discuss their work in a more informal setting than a traditional conference. A total of 40 students from 4 different UK universities attended the conference. We are looking forward to the 2020 edition!