52 episodes

Fire Science Show is connecting fire researchers and practitioners with a society of fire engineers, firefighters, architects, designers and all others, who are genuinely interested in creating a fire-safe future. Through interviews with a diverse group of experts, we present the history of our field as well as the most novel advancements. We hope the Fire Science Show becomes your weekly source of fire science knowledge and entertainment.

Fire Science Show Wojciech Wegrzynski

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Fire Science Show is connecting fire researchers and practitioners with a society of fire engineers, firefighters, architects, designers and all others, who are genuinely interested in creating a fire-safe future. Through interviews with a diverse group of experts, we present the history of our field as well as the most novel advancements. We hope the Fire Science Show becomes your weekly source of fire science knowledge and entertainment.

    051 - Fire Science in eyes of a firefighter with Szymon Kokot

    051 - Fire Science in eyes of a firefighter with Szymon Kokot

    In this show, we often discuss how fire science can help firefighters. Today we drop the UNO reverse card and figure out what firefighters actually need from fire science. And for that, I've got a perfect person to talk to - a firefighter, commander, instructor and a fire scientist. Szymon Kokot of the Nidzica Fire Brigade and CFBT Poland 

    With this talk, I wanted to achieve two answers. How firefighters view fire science (and how to make it more useful to them). And how engineers should view firefighting operations. You will learn a lot about the commanders' role and multiple not-so-obvious factors that go into consideration when battling a fire. From this talk, you will understand why risks related to high-rise (and large space) buildings are so different from simple structures.

    I hope you appreciate this point of view. For me, it was very eye-opening. We need to be more sensitive to the needs of the firefighters, and more often include them in our discussion. At the same time, we need to find a way to communicate fire science and engineering to them, so they can fully benefit from the technologies we introduce with them in mind.
    --- Cheers to Dr Matt Bonner of Trigon Fire for the surprise song. Make sure to check out his episode on facades, as music is just one of his skills.

    • 53 min
    050 - Wind, fire and a surprise

    050 - Wind, fire and a surprise

    Episode 50! Time to celebrate, and for this one we have a surprise. A mysterious host takes over the show to interview a wind and fire modelling celebrity...

    Ok, this should be enough to not reveal everything once the show notes get auto-posted on all social media :) I am super happy for multiple reasons. You guys were with me 50 times on my way to share fire science with everyone who wants to listen. You have downloaded my content 25.000 times. And finally, I get to share with you some of my own science. Could not be happier! Thank you so much to Guillermo Rein for creating this opportunity for me.

    I hope that the subject of my work is interesting to you. I have some papers to share, along with the most important ones that were mentioned in the episode. Psst...some of them are behind a paywall but I am MORE THAN HAPPY to share the copies with you, just send me a request through my ResearchGate profile :)
    Wind and Fire Coupled Modelling part 1 - Literature ReviewWind and Fire Coupled Modelling part 2 - Best Practice GuidelinesHala Koszyki Case StudyWorked out example of wind and fire study for SFPE PBD 2016Roof aerodynamics and natural ventilatorsOur first real wind and fire study! How wind changes performance of natural vents.--- Cheers to Dr Matt Bonner of Trigon Fire for the surprise song. Make sure to check out his episode on facades, as music is just one of his skills.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    049 - What burns inside a battery with Francesco Restuccia

    049 - What burns inside a battery with Francesco Restuccia

    So we all know batteries burn... but do we know what exactly does burn? What is inside this tiny metal cylinder that scares so many of us? We try to understand it a bit more with Dr Francesco Restuccia of Kings College London, who is an expert in battery fire safety and self-heating. And this combination of skills gave him a unique view of the challenges of fire safety of batteries - especially the ones that are stored in warehouses and not fueling anything. Francesco takes me on a journey into the world of cathodes, anodes and electrol... I mean battery juice.  Knowing what is inside and why it burns is fundamental to understanding how can we protect the world from the risks arising from Li-ION batter technology. And I hope this podcast episode is a concise introduction to this!

    And here is a paper choice curated by Francesco, containing the important papers discussed within the episode (because we discuss real science here! :))
    X. He, C. Zhao, Z. Hu, F. Restuccia, F. Richter, Q. Wang, G. Rein. The effects of heat transfer on accelerating rate calorimetry of thermal runaway of Lithium-ion batteries, Process Safety and Environmental Protection, VVol 162, 2022, pp
    684-693. X.He, Z. Hu, F. Restuccia, H. Yuan, G. Rein. Self-heating ignition of large ensembles of Lithium-ion batteries during storage with different states of charge and cathodes, Applied Thermal Engineering, Vol 197,  2021, 117349.

    Z. Hu, X. He, F. Restuccia, G. Rein. Anisotropic and homogeneous model of heat transfer for self-heating ignition of large ensembles of Lithium-ion batteries during storage, Applied Thermal Engineering, Vol 197, 2021, 117301. 3P. Christensen, Z. Milojevic, M.S. Wise, M. Ahmeid, P.S. Attidekou, W. Mrozik, N.A. Dickman, F. Restuccia, S.M. Lambert, P.K. Das. Thermal and mechanical abuse of electric vehicle pouch cell modules, Applied Thermal Engineering,
    Vol 189 2021,116623L. Diaz Bravo, X. He, Z. Hu, F. Restuccia, M. Marinescu, J. Barreras, Y. Patel, G. Offer, G. Rein. Meta-review of fire safety of Lithium-ion batteries: industry challenges and research contributions, Journal of the Electrochemistry
    Society Vol 167 090559, 2020. X. He, F. Restuccia, Y. Zhang, Z. Hu, X. Huang, J. Fang, G. Rein. Experimental study of self-heating ignition of lithium-ion batteries during storage: effect of the number of cells, Fire Technology, Vol 56, 2020, pp 2649–2669--- Cheers to Dr Matt Bonner of Trigon Fire for the surprise song. Make sure to check out his episode on facades, as music is just one of his skills.https://www.firescienceshow.com/004-facade-fires-and-ai-with-matt-bonner/

    • 58 min
    048 - Car parks, design fires and the broad world of fire science with Mike Spearpoint

    048 - Car parks, design fires and the broad world of fire science with Mike Spearpoint

    Did you know first car parks were built for electric vehicles? Or what clever techniques can be used to model the spread of fire between vehicles? Or what challenges scientists meet burning vehicles, and why pneumatic suspension makes stuff more interesting... These (and much much more) are the things you learn by inviting Mike Spearpoint of the OFR for a lovely chat about design fires in car parks, and car parking infrastructure in general. 

    But wait for it, there is much more. The hidden underlying message about the broadness of fire science, and the holistic view on how certain compartments are used today (and how it differs from their past use). Delightfully refreshing point of view! Hope you will enjoy it as much as I did.
    --- Cheers to Dr Matt Bonner of Trigon Fire for the surprise song. Make sure to check out his episode on facades, as music is just one of his skills.https://www.firescienceshow.com/004-facade-fires-and-ai-with-matt-bonner/

    • 1 hr 17 min
    047 - Effective pressurization of compartments with Grzegorz Sypek

    047 - Effective pressurization of compartments with Grzegorz Sypek

    Pressurization is a common strategy for protecting spaces against the infiltration of smoke. However, the solution has a kind-of bad press as "not-working" or "incapable to meet its design goals". We know, that the systems are as good as their design, and in this episode with my guest, Grzegorz Sypek, we try to bust some myths around PDS systems. We touch on the important design points and the properties of modern solutions available in the market. We also discuss the standardization of PDS systems in Europe, giving a glimpse into incoming EN 12101-6 and EN12101-13.

    If you seek help with the design of pressurization systems for your buildings, feel free to contact Grzegorz @ gsypek@gmail.com 
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/teknolink-gsypek/
    --- Cheers to Dr Matt Bonner of Trigon Fire for the surprise song. Make sure to check out his episode on facades, as music is just one of his skills.https://www.firescienceshow.com/004-facade-fires-and-ai-with-matt-bonner/

    • 58 min
    046 - Fire Code Tech crossover with Gus Gagliardi

    046 - Fire Code Tech crossover with Gus Gagliardi

    This week we do something funny - a crossover episode with the host of the Fire Code Tech podcast - Gus Gagliardi. We end up discussing the paths of fire safety engineers, from school to specialized roles in engineering companies, and the challenges associated with that.  

    We hope you liked this twist to the podcast, and maybe discovered a new show to follow up!
    If you want to hear a familiar voice, you can start with this episode https://firecodetech.com/research-smoke-control-systems-and-cfd-with-wojciech-wgrzyski featuring yours truly :)
    --- Cheers to Dr Matt Bonner of Trigon Fire for the surprise song. Make sure to check out his episode on facades, as music is just one of his skills.https://www.firescienceshow.com/004-facade-fires-and-ai-with-matt-bonner/

    • 49 min

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