Open floor plan enclosure fires paper: Editor-in-Chief’s Featured Article for the Fire Safety Journal April 2017 issue

It is with great pleasure to announce that the paper ‘An experimental study of full-scale open floor plan enclosure fires by J.P. Hidalgo, A. Cowlard, C. Abecassis-Empis, C. Maluk, A.H. Majdalani, S. Kahrmann, R. Hilditch, M. Krajcovic, J.L. Torero has been selected as the Editor-in-Chief’s Featured Article for the April 2017 issue of the Fire Safety Journal. The article is free for users to read, download, and share online via ScienceDirect at the following link until 17th October 2017:

This first peer-reviewed journal paper from the ‘Real Fires for the Safe Design of Tall Buildings’ project, presents the experimental programme on open floor plan enclosure fires carried out by the University of Edinburgh at the BRE Burn Hall (Watford, United Kingdom) in 2013; a team which consisted of today’s UQ Fire staff members Dr Cristian Maluk, Dr Juan Hidalgo, and Prof. Jose Torero.

A full-scale experimental series was undertaken to generate a comprehensive data set to study and characterise fires in large open-plan spaces, typical of contemporary infrastructure and Tall Buildings in particular.

This is an ongoing research topic at the University of Queensland, focused on modelling and analysing data from this full-scale fire experimentation in open floor compartments with large ventilation (Regime II fires). Results from a preliminary analysis will be presented in the 12th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science held in Lund (Sweden),  with the paper Energy distribution analysis in full-scale open floor plan enclosure fires.

We would like to thank everyone that made this Project possible.

Construction timelapse of the compartment at BRE Burn Hall in 2013, and first in the series of experiments.


Experiment #1.  Uniform fire from gas burners in the compartment.

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