There is substantial evidence that construction with combustible linings present a higher external fire spread hazard than conventional buildings. Architects and engineers are increasingly seeking to use this material on an ever-larger scale; it is therefore necessary to quantify the relevant hazards, and take steps to mitigate the potential risks.
The external flame from a fire is the key parameter that effect the potential for vertical and horizontal fire spread. The characteristics of this flame are controlled by the excess fuel factor. It is known that where timber linings are provided in a compartment, the excess fuel factor can be substantially affected.
This 15-month research role will build on the current knowledge of plume behaviour by conducting a multi-scale experimental programme. The experiments will focus on the creation of external plumes and the measurement of the key parameters that can affect fire spread. The project will generate data and guidance that can be used to predict the behaviour of plumes and that can be applied by engineers to design buildings from new materials.
The successful candidate will work within the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering within a dynamic research group comprising more than 25 PhD students.
This post is full time and fixed term for 15 months. The post is available from January 2018.
Salary: £32,548 - £38,833 per annum
Closing Date: Monday 20th November 2017 at 5pm (GMT)
UoE Vacancy Ref:
Dr Angus Law