- Start date: 19 April 2021
- End date: 23 April 2021
- Duration: Five days (although you can choose to participate on individual days)
- Fees: £1595. Click 'About the Course' tab for Covid-19 Statement
- Venue: Village Hotel (Leeds North)
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About the course
What will I learn?
The course will follow a structured approach starting from the general fundamental principles of combustion flammability and heat transfer, and will lead you through to the more specific study of fire spread and fire development in compartments. Open fires such as pool and jet fires will also be covered. The principles of fire protection practice and technology will be discussed within the context of understanding the fire development mechanism and the response of structures to fires. Your learning experience will be enhanced through worked examples and brief problems that you’ll be asked to attempt on your own or in groups.
There may also be an opportunity for some hands-on experience with predictive PC packages, although this is dependent on various aspects, including what social distancing guidelines are still in place at the time of the course running and whether we are able to gain access to a software cluster at the University.
How will I benefit?
On completion of this course, you should:
be able to apply general combustion and engineering principles to fires
know the parameters that influence flame spread and steady burning and be able to quantify the burning rate in compartment fires
predict the rate of development of the fire, the onset of flashover, and appreciate the application of these concepts to fire protection design
understand the factors influencing smoke toxicity and movement
be aware of the predictive tools that are available and become familiar with the application and use of such tools, through ‘hands-on’ practice.
Please be advised that we continue to monitor the situation closely and are following government advice and guidance around Coronavirus (Covid-19).
We are aware that there are still many unknowns around the outbreak and we will keep all registered delegates and speakers up to date with any potential changes to the course as a result. What we are able to deliver will be subject to the guidance in place at the time of the course. We will ensure that any relevant safety and hygiene measures are in place and accept bookings on the basis that delegates agree to adhere to any social distancing and other guidance in place at the time of the course.
Please note that in line with our terms and conditions, if the University makes the decision to postpone or cancel the course, delegates will have the option to either defer their booking to the new date or to receive a full refund.
Limit on delegate numbers
Please be advised that, due to social distancing and revised room capacities at the course venue, we have reduced the number of delegates we are able to accept onto the course. If you wish to attend the course we recommend you book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.
Who should attend?
This course is for you if you wish or need to gain a comprehensive, scientifically-based analysis and engineering quantification tools, of fire development and consequence assessment in industrial and residential scenarios.
Perhaps you’re involved in the design and operation of buildings and chemical plant (architect, civil engineer, chemical engineer) or in the design of protection systems (passive and active system developer, manufacturer, installer).
Maybe you’re responsible for building and plant safety on a day-to-day basis, a regulator or adviser (Health and Safety Executive, Fire Service, Home Office, local authority, building control office, consultant, insurer) or firefighting professional.
This course would also be very useful if you’re a new researcher in the field.
Registration: 08:30 – 09:00
Fuel and combustion processes and fundamentals
Limits of flammability
Heat transfer: conduction and convection
Radiation, ignition and flame spread
Radiation from fires
Ignition - general, gaseous/liquid fuels and solids
Spread of flame
Fire combustion products and toxicity as a function of ventilation conditions
Pool fires, jet fires and cloud fires
Steady burning diffusion fires
Pool fires in the open
Radiation from flames
Example calculations: radiation flux from flare on escape route
Pool and jet fires, large-scale tests
Pool and jet fires in compartments
The growth period
The post-flashover period and backdraughts
Fire performance of structures
Compartment fire modelling
Using CFD models
Fire behaviour and modern buildings
A zone model in detail – CFAST
Hands-on experience with a zone model – please note this session is subject to Covid-19 guidance in place at the time of the running of the course and availability of university software cluster. If we are unable to run this session the course will finish with issue of attendance certificates directly after lunch.
Course finish time: 16:05 (or 13:00 if we are unable to run the hands-on session, see above)
Course Director – Dr Roth Phylaktou, University of Leeds
Professor Gordon Andrews, University of Leeds
Dr Florian Block/Iolanda del Prete, BuroHappold Engineering
Professor Derek Bradley, University of Leeds
Geoff Chamberlain, Waverton Consultancy Ltd, previously Shell Global Solutions UK
Rob Crewe, DNV GL
Ben McColl, OCR Consultants
Jeremy Ockenden, Affinity Fire Engineering
Peter Rew, Atkins
Full five days: £1595
Any one day: £410
Fees are VAT exempt
cost of tuition
15% discount for members of The Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE).
View our terms and conditions
Village Hotel Leeds (Leeds North)
186 Otley Road
Directions to the hotel can be found on the hotel website.
The University has negotiated a 10% discount at the Village Hotel North on a bed and breakfast basis for those who require accommodation during the course. The rooms are subject to availability, and must be booked directly with the hotel using the University discount code COR10A of 10% (applicable on the advertised live rates at the time of booking) which can be used either online by accessing www.village-hotels.co.uk or by calling Central Reservations on 01925 873 284.
What our delegates say
“Really good course for teaching and explaining the fundamentals of fire dynamics in an interactive and well thought out course” Shell UK
“An excellent course for providing a balance between understanding the basic principles of fire science/dynamics and more in-depth practical applications. Thoroughly recommended” Kingspan
“A well thought out, relevant and interesting course” BAE Systems
“A comprehensive short course in understanding the basics of fire modelling” Geoffrey Hunt & Partners
Harriet Wills – Course Coordinator
CPD Conference and Events Unit
Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences
University of Leeds,
T: +44 (0)113 343 2494
The Fire Dynamics and Modelling CPD course, Leeds, has been approved for 32 CPD hours in total by the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE).