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Simulation of fire technical properties of products and construction barriers to support efficient product development in industry (FIRE TOOLS)
Start date: Jan 1, 2013, End date: Dec 31, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The current fire testing and classification systems based on prescriptive building codes have severe limitations, restricting innovation and cost-efficiency in companies supplying materials/components for buildings and in the construction sector in general. This is creating a growing need for more flexible performance-based fire engineering, and calls for the development of appropriate methods/tools to support that change. Despite scattered efforts in Academia and Industry for progress in the area of fire properties simulation, there is a strong lack of appropriately trained human resources to push the research base in the field further and building the proper environment for shifting paradigms in technological as well as regulatory terms.The FIRE TOOLS consortium comprises the Danish Institute of Fire and Security Technology (DBI) and the Department of Fire Safety Engineering and Systems Safety from Lund University (ULUND) in Sweden as level 1 participants, and nine Associated Partners (1 university and 8 private companies, namely 4 SMEs). It aims at providing a training network for five Early-Stage Researcher (ESRs) which will carry out research with focus on creating computing simulation methodologies, tools and models to increase the usability of fire tests conducted on building products and constructions (i.e. real fire tests in laboratory or pilot facilities) by fire properties simulations. More specifically, they will address the determination of the fire properties of building products, content and barriers, in order to assist companies, based on advanced computational models and predictions, to simulate and predict the fire performance of materials, products and structures earlier in their product development processes. The successful implementation of FIRE TOOLS will benefit DBI when providing fire testing services, as well as manufacturers and suppliers of materials/components to buildings, and support innovation in the construction industry in general.
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