University of Maryland Department of Fire Protection Engineering (FPE) faculty and students were notable participants in the 11th International Symposium on Fire Safety Science, held at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand in February 2014. The symposium, hosted by the International Association of Fire Safety Science (IAFSS), is one of the premier events in the field.

  • Dr. Arnaud Trouvé, who served as the event’s Program Co-Chair, was elected to the IAFSS Management Committee and to the position of Vice-Chair of IAFSS, representing America. Dr. Patrick van Hees from Lund University was elected Chair.
  • Dr. Michael Gollner was also elected to the IAFSS Management Committee.
  • Dr. Andre Marshall, Dr. Peter Sunderland, and students James White, Eric Link and Taylor Myers won the Best Fire Science Image Award for “Oxidizer Dilution Quenching of a Turbulent, Methane Line Flame.” To learn more, visit ter.ps/iafssphoto
  • Dr. Marshall, Dr. Trouvé and Dr. Stanislav Stoliarov presented current research.
  • Dr. Melanie Rochoux, who recently received her Ph.D. at Ecole Centrale Paris, presented a paper she co-authored with Trouvé, her former co-advisor. She also won a Travel Award and received an honorable mention in the Best Thesis Award competition.

The IAFSS was “founded with the primary objective of encouraging research into the science of preventing and mitigating the adverse effects of fires and of providing a forum for presenting the results of such research.” Learn more at www.iafss.org, or visit www.iafss.org/symposium/11th-symposium/ for information about the symposium.

Presentations by FPE faculty and students included:

A Free Surface Model of a Jet Impinging On a Sprinkler Head. T Myers, A Marshall and H Baum, University of Maryland, USA 

A Model for Oxidative Pyrolysis of Corrugated Cardboard. M Semmes, X Liu, M McKinnon, S Stoliarov and A Witkowski, University of Maryland, USA, and University of Central Lancashire, UK.

Towards Predictive Simulation of Wildfire Spread at Regional Scale Using Ensemble-Based Data Assimilation to Correct the Fire Front Position. M C Rochoux, C Emery, S Ricci, B Cuenot and A Trouvé, CERFACS, France, Ecole Centrale Paris, France, and University of Maryland, USA.

Published April 10, 2014