The BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Edinburgh conducted a series of large-scale fire tests in a real high rise building in Dalmarnock, Glasgow. The experiments took place on July 25th & 26th, 2006 with the close collaboration of the Strathclyde Fire Brigade and other partners. These experiments attempted to create realistic scenario in which a wide range of modern fire safety engineering tools could be put to a test. Thus improving our understanding of how emergencies of this nature can be handled in a most effective manner. Please visit the Dalmarnock Tests and the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering websites for more information.

Recent Submissions

  • Modelling of the Growth Phase of Dalmarnock Fire Test One 

    Rein, Guillermo; Jahn, Wolfram; Torero, Jose L (Fire and Materials 2011 Conference, 2011-02)
    The challenge of modelling a well characterized full-scale fire test using computational fluid dynamics is illustrated in this work comparing a priori and a posteriori simulations. In 2006, The Dalmarnock Fire Tests were ...
  • Round-robin study of a priori modelling predictions of the Dalmarnock Fire Test One 

    Rein, Guillermo; Torero, Jose L; Jahn, Wolfram; Stern-Gottfried, Jamie; Ryder, Noah; Desanghere, Sylvain; Lazaro, Mariano; Mowrer, Frederick; Coles, Andrew; Joyeux, Daniel; Alvear, Daniel; Capote, Jorge A; Jowsey, Allan; Abecassis Empis, Cecilia; Reszka, Pedro (Fire SafetyJournal - Elsevier, 2009-03)
    An international study of fire modelling was conducted prior to the Dalmarnock Fire Test One in order to assess the state-of-the-art of fire simulations using a round-robin approach. This test forms part of the Dalmarnock ...
  • Sensor-linked fire simulation using a Monte-Carlo approach 

    Koo, Sung-Han; Fraser-Mitchell, Jeremy; Upadhyay, Rochan; Welch, Stephen (The International Assocation of Fire Safety Science (IAFSS), 2008-09)
    This study is aimed at developing a predictive capability for uncontrolled compartment fires which can be “steered” by real-time measurements. This capability is an essential step towards facilitating emergency response ...
  • The Effect of Model Parameters on the Simulation of Fire Dynamics 

    Jahn, Wolfram; Rein, Guillermo; Torero, Jose L (The International Assocation of Fire Safety Science (IAFSS), 2008)
    The sensitivity of computer fire modelling using results from NIST’s Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) to a set of input parameters related to fire growth has been analyzed. The scenario simulated is the real-scale Dalmarnock ...
  • Characterisation of Dalmarnock Fire Test One 

    Abecassis Empis, Cecilia; Reszka, Pedro; Steinhaus, Thomas; Cowlard, Adam; Biteau, Hubert; Welch, Stephen; Rein, Guillermo; Torero, Jose L (Elsevier, Journal Experimental Thermal and Fluid Science, 2008)
    The Dalmarnock Tests comprise a set of fire experiments conducted in a real high-rise building in July 2006. The two main tests took place in identical flats, Test One allowing the fire to develop freely to post-flashover ...
  • Laboratory Experiments and their Applicability 

    Steinhaus, Thomas; Jahn, Wolfram (The University of Edinburgh, 2007-11-14)
    In conjunction with the Dalmarnock Fire Tests a series of laboratory tests have been conducted at the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Edinburgh (UoE) in support of the large scale tests. These ...
  • Smoke Detection, CCTV and Remote Monitoring Systems 

    Massingberd-Mundy, Peter; Jiang, Yun; He, Ming (The University of Edinburgh, 2007-11-14)
    This chapter presents an overview of the commercial equipment that was installed by Xtralis (formally Vision Fire & Security) to monitor and record data from the fire tests performed in Dalmarnock in July 2006 - as ...
  • Introduction to FireGrid 

    Welch, Stephen; Usmani, Asif; Upadhyay, Rochan; Berry, Dave; Potter, Stephen; Torero, Jose L (The University of Edinburgh, 2007-11-14)
    FireGrid is an ambitious and innovative project, seeking to develop the technology to support a new way of managing emergency response in the modern built environment. Specific novel aspects include the integration of ...
  • Experimental Layout and Description of the Building 

    Reszka, Pedro; Abecassis Empis, Cecilia; Biteau, Hubert; Cowlard, Adam; Steinhaus, Thomas; Fletcher, Ian A; Fuentes, Andres; Gillie, Martin; Welch, Stephen (The University of Edinburgh, 2007-11-14)
    This chapter describes the experimental set-up of Dalmarnock Fire Tests One and Two. While Test One was planned to allow a fire to develop freely to post-flashover conditions, Test Two was designed to allow for ventilation ...
  • Test One: The ‘Uncontrolled’ Fire 

    Abecassis Empis, Cecilia; Cowlard, Adam; Welch, Stephen; Torero, Jose L (The University of Edinburgh, 2007-11-14)
    The first of the Dalmarnock Fire Tests was a post-flashover compartment fire experiment held on July 25th, 2006, in a two-bedroom single-family flat on the 4th floor of the 23- storey reinforced concrete tower in Dalmarnock, ...
  • Preface: The Dalmarnock Fire Tests 

    Torero, Jose L; Carvel, Ricky O (The University of Edinburgh, 2007-11-14)
    Given the current state of the art, the vibrancy of the profession and existing data from numerous large scale tests, why are new large scale experiments like the Dalmarnock Tests important or, indeed, even necessary?
  • Test Two: The ‘Controlled Fire’ 

    Cowlard, Adam; Steinhaus, Thomas; Abecassis Empis, Cecilia; Torero, Jose L (The University of Edinburgh, 2007-11-14)
    The main objective of Test Two was to demonstrate the effectiveness of ventilation changes and smoke management on the growth of a compartment fire and to display the potential for these techniques to be incorporated ...
  • Heat Transfer to the Structure during the Fire 

    Jowsey, Allan; Torero, Jose L; Lane, Barbara (The University of Edinburgh, 2007-11-14)
    The post-flashover Fire Test One of a furnished room in Dalmarnock provides a wealth of information including measurements in both the gas phase and on compartment boundaries (Chapter 3). Total heat fluxes at a number ...
  • Behaviour of the Structure during the Fire 

    Gillie, Martin; Stratford, Tim J (The University of Edinburgh, 2007-11-14)
    the understanding of the global behaviour of heated concrete structures has received relatively little attention. This is in part due to the lack of experimental data on complete concrete structures in fire and in part ...
  • The Performance of Fibre Reinforced Polymer Strengthening in the Fire 

    Stratford, Tim J; Gillie, Martin; Chen, J (The University of Edinburgh, 2007-11-14)
    Bonded fibre-reinforced-polymer (FRP) strengthening is an increasingly popular refurbishment method. This involves gluing an advanced fibre composite on to the existing structure to increase its sectional capacity. One ...
  • A Priori Modelling of Fire Test One 

    Rein, Guillermo; Torero, Jose L; Jahn, Wolfram; Stern-Gottfried, Jamie; Ryder, Noah L; Desanghere, Sylvain; Lazaro, Mariano; Mowrer, Frederick; Coles, Andrew; Joyeux, Daniel; Alvear, Daniel; Capote, Jorge A; Jowsey, Allan; Reszka, Pedro (The University of Edinburgh, 2007-11-14)
    An international round-robin study of fire modelling was conducted prior to the Dalmarnock Fire Tests in order to assess the state-of-the-art of fire modelling in real scenarios. The philosophy behind the Dalmarnock Fire ...
  • Posteriori Modelling of Fire Test One 

    Jahn, Wolfram; Rein, Guillermo; Torero, Jose L (The University of Edinburgh, 2007-10-14)
    This work shows that reproducing fire behaviour of a full-scale enclosure on a detailed level using CFD simulations is possible to certain degree but is a very challenging task. A posteriori (ie after the test) numerical ...
  • Assessment of the thermal efficiency, structure and fire resistance of lightweight building systems for optimized design 

    Amundarain, Aitor (2007-04)
    The use of lightweight building systems is very controversial as existing knowledge about their performance is limited. Not enough research has been conducted to determine the suitability of these modern construction ...

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