Efectis is active in hydrogen safety research and our staff have contributed to several hydrogen safety projects in the UK and Europe. Efectis is carrying out studies related to hydrogen-powered buses for a couple of cities in France.
These studies aim to assess the impact of a hydrogen-powered bus on a fire in a building (impact of jet fires on the structure and compartmentation of the building) and on external fire spread (impact of heat flux caused by the fire (bus + jet fire) in the vicinity of the building). We are involved in national and international technical and standardisation committees: CEN TC 127, French IMO committee X65M, ISO TC 92 SC2, ISO TC 61, NATO STANAG 4602, IMO SDC and IMO SSE.
Efectis is in close research collaboration with leading global research centres in this field: Mike O’Connor Process Safety Center of Texas A&M University, USA and Warwick FIRE, University of Warwick, UK. Efectis UK/Ireland is also contributing to fire safety research activities in research projects such as: Balconies, Spandrels and Glazing, Smoke and Toxicity, Means of Escape in Residential Buildings, and Classification of External Wall Systems.
We have extensive research track record in hydrogen safety and fire safety area among which are:
Hydrogen safety research
- Quantitative Risk Assessment – https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2018.01.195
- Engineering tools development – https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2018.12.115; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2021.08.128)
- CFD simulations – https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2020.06.194; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2018.07.130; https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhydene.2018.07.154
Above mentioned research studies had contributions in projects “Integrated safety strategies for onboard hydrogen storage”, “NET-Tools”, “HYLANTIC”, “HyTunnel-CS”.
Fire Safety Research
- Evaluation of various PFP systems
Experimental investigation for the thermal efficiency of a new intumescent coat applied on polyurethane compared to the uncoated ones
Development and validation of a simplified comprehensive model to determine the flammability properties and to predict fire performance of Intumescent Fire Retardant (IFR) coatings (https://doi.org/10.1016/j.firesaf.2018.04.010)
- Experimental and numerical investigation of Grenfell Tower fire
Development and validation of a simplified comprehensive model to determine the flammability properties and to predict fire performance of Intumescent Fire Retardant (IFR) coatings (https://doi.org/10.1002/fam.2911)
Reconstruction of the Grenfell Tower Fire – Thermomechanical Analysis of Window Failure During the Grenfell Tower Disaster (https://doi.org/10.1007/s10694-020-00980-4)
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