Over April 23-27, PhD Student Vinny Gupta and Dr Andres Osorio attended the 12th International Performance-Based Codes and Fire Safety Design Methods Conference hosted by the Society for Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) in Honolulu, Hawaii.
The conference featured presentations on hot topics in practice such as façade fires, tall timber structures, application of verification methods, and on standardised fire testing methods. Prof Jose L. Torero (University of Maryland) presented a keynote presentation on Margaret Law, which detailed the importance of having icons in the profession, and for us to consider the characteristics of a true icon and who may be the next Margaret Law in our profession.
On April 26, Vinny presented a paper co-written with Jaime Cadena titled “Accounting for Uncertainty in Computational Fluid Dynamics Modelling of Fully-Developed Compartment Fires” with support from the academic staff at UQ. The paper presented a tightly-controlled study into the uncertainties and applicability of CFD tools for “post-flashover” compartment fires under different ventilation configurations and fire sizes. The outcomes of the paper highlighted a need for practitioners to consider the applicability of CFD tools for certain compartment fire scenarios, and to account for uncertainties when prescribing fire scenarios outside the bounds of the tool validation.
The conference presented a great opportunity for linkage between researchers and practitioners and much of the discussion stressed on the importance of this relationship. There was plenty of networking opportunities with fire safety practitioners, regulators, and with fellow researchers from institutions such as Imperial College, and York University.
It was a wonderful opportunity to travel to such a beautiful location for the conference, with an abundance of natural beauty. The trip coincided with The Big Island’s Kilauea Volcano explosion, which Vinny was lucky (or unlucky) enough to be witness to during his travels afterwards.
Paper info: Vinny Gupta, Jaime Cadena, Juan P. Hidalgo, Andres Osorio, Cristian Maluk, and Agustin H. Majdalani (2017). Accounting for Uncertainty in Computational Fluid Dynamics Modelling of Fully-Developed Compartment Fires. 12th International Performance-Based Codes and Fire Safety Design Methods Conference (SFPE), Honolulu, Hawaii, April 2017.