FSEG is a world leader in Computational Fire Engineering. From the Airbus A380 superjumbo, to the new aircraft carrier for the Royal Navy; from the Sydney and Beijing Olympics to the World Trade Center evacuation, the group and their advanced fire and evacuation/pedestrian dynamics modelling tools, SMARTFIRE and EXODUS, have solved some of the world's toughest fire and safety engineering problems.
The 30-strong multi-disciplinary team of mathematicians, physicists, behavioural psychologists, fire safety engineers and computer scientists has been pushing back the frontiers in this fast-growing discipline for twenty years, undertaking a unique combination of leading edge research, large scale human factors trials, and practical real world consultancy. This expertise has been recognised through awards including The Queen's Anniversary Prize. Team members also contribute to formal Inquires, such as those for the Paddington Rail Crash and the Swiss Air MD11 crash; to international standards committees, including IMO and ISO, and to several UK Government committees concerned with homeland security and civil defence, including SAPER.
FSEG work is supported through research grants from the UK EPSRC, the EU and UK and overseas governments. The group also undertakes research and consultancy for industry with clients ranging from international blue-chip companies to local SMEs.
Group Awards & Achievements
- FSEG research through the EU project FIRE EXIT is used to frame new guide lines for passenger ship evacuation analysis in IMO FP51.
- European IST prize winner, awarded by European Council of Applied Sciences, Technology and Engineering (Euro-CASE).
- Paper co-authored by FSEG staff is awarded the Hodgson Prize by the Royal Aeronautical Journal for the best published paper in 2002.
- Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.
- Communications & IT in Shipping Award for Innovation in IT for Ship Operation and Safety.
- RINA/Lloyds Register Award for Ship Safety.
- The UK MOD made the following announcement after analysing the results of an independent survey they commissioned on available evacuation models: "...maritimeEXODUS was selected as the escape tool that most closely meets the needs of the MOD for the development of warship escape design guidance and assessment."
- British Computer Society Award for IT and Gold Medal.
- Modelling Occupant Interaction with Fire Conditions using the buildingEXODUS Evacuation Model, Fire Safety Journal, 36, 2001.
- Examining the Effect of Exit Separation on Aircraft Evacuation Performance during 90-Second Certification Trials using Evacuation Modelling Techniques. Aeronautical Journal, 2002.
- Representing the Influence of Signage on Evacuation Behaviour within an Evacuation Model. Journal of Fire Protection Engineering, Vol 16, No1, 2006.
- The Impact of the passenger response time distribution on ship evacuation performance. Royal Institute of Naval Architects, Journal of Maritime Engineering. Vol 148, Part A1, 2006.
- CFD Fire Simulation of the Swissair Flight 111 In-Flight Fire - Part 2: Prediction of the fire flow within the Cockpit and Surrounding Area. Aeronautical Journal. Vol 110, 2006.
- A Proposed Methodology for the Use of Computer Simulation to Enhance Aircraft Evacuation. American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Journal of Aircraft, Vol 43, 2006.
- The Introduction of Social Adaptation within Evacuation Modelling, Fire and Materials, Vol 30, 2006.
- Predicting Toxic Gas Concentrations Resulting from Enclosure Fires using Local Equivalence Ratio Concept Linked to Fire Field Models, Fire and Materials, 2006.
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Prof Ed Galea: FSEG Director
- 19 Research Staff
- 12 Phd Students
- 73 Total Publications.
- £2,660,000 Total Research Income.
- £111,000 (US$200,000) secured from the US Federal Rail Administration for research into rail evacuation.
- £440,000 secured from the Home Office for two Civil Defence projects.
- €590,000 secured for project NACRE, an FP6 IP concerned with fire and evacuation analysis of Blended Wing Body aircraft.
- €177,000 secured for project AVATARS a FP6 STREP concerned with pedestrian circulation analysis in stations.
- £70,000 secured from Airbus and Bombardier to undertake various aviation evacuation research projects including an analysis of the evacuation capability of the Airbus A380.
- £1.5 million EPSRC (GR/S74201/01 and EP/D507790) grant awarded for World Trade Centre evacuation project HEED. Project HEED is a consortium lead by FSEG and Professor Galea involving University of Ulster and University of Liverpool.
- £231,724 EPSRC grant (GR/T22100/1) awarded to incorporate ship evacuation analysis into early naval ship design in collaboration with UCL.
- £55,000 secured for a project funded by Borealis concerned with toxic gases generated from cable combustion in fires.
- £50,000 secured by Lloyds Register for a research fellow in maritime fire and evacuation analysis.
- £40,000 awarded by Canadian TSB to assist in the investigation of the Swiss Air MD11 aircraft disaster.
- £325,000 secured for project FIRE EXIT, an FP5 project concerned with evacuation from ships.
- £130,000 secured for project VELA, an FP5 project concerned with Fire and evacuation analysis for the next generation of aircraft (flying wing).
- £97,500 secured from the Taiwanese Government for a project on water mist and fire simulation.
- £50,000 awarded by UK DTLR to study the evacuation of the World Trade Centre buildings on 9/11/01.
- Leverhulme Trust Grant worth £50,000 awarded to support a visiting post-doctorial fellow in fire research.
- £125,000 secured from Canadian Department of Transport for the development of a ship evacuation simulator.
- £66,000 secured for project VERRES, an FP5 project concerned with evacuation requirements for Very Large Aircraft.
- £60,000 secured from UK MOD (Royal Navy) to investigate crew behaviour in conditions of list.