IFAB – Insti­tute for applied fire safe­ty research

IFAB is a spe­cial­ized fire con­sul­tan­cy, research and engi­neer­ing office with the head­quar­ter locat­ed in Berlin, Ger­many. We work inter­na­tion­al­ly and advise, design, plan and sim­u­late for installers, builders, insur­ance com­pa­nies, author­i­ties and sub­con­trac­tors of engi­neer­ing offices. Beside the clas­sic fire safe­ty con­sul­tan­cy work, such as fire safe­ty con­cepts, exper­tise ser­vice and fire safe­ty plan­ning, our experts deal with ques­tions and solu­tions that are not cov­ered by the nor­mal tech­nol­o­gy stan­dards. IFAB has knowl­edge of the state of art and has a back­ground that is strong­ly rely­ing on exper­i­men­tal fire test­ing, which dis­tin­guish­es us from most oth­er fire con­sul­tan­cy and engi­neer­ing offices. We are spe­cial­ized in indus­tri­al appli­ca­tions, rolling stock, road/rail tun­nels and metro sta­tions. Addi­tion­al­ly we have become experts with new alter­na­tive fuels such as lithi­um ion bat­ter­ies.

WHY IS IFAB DIFFERENT?

We are spe­cial­ized in fire pro­tec­tion research, test­ing and con­sult­ing. IFAB knows fire in prac­tice and is there­fore dif­fer­ent from oth­er orga­ni­za­tions that only design on a the­o­ret­i­cal basis. Our approach is to utilise the infor­ma­tion we have col­lect­ed from numer­ous fire tests to ensure the most effec­tive fire safe­ty solu­tions tech­ni­cal­ly. Results from CFD sim­u­la­tions are val­i­dat­ed by our vast exper­i­men­tal data base.

IFAB is an accred­it­ed test lab­o­ra­to­ry accord­ing to DIN EN ISO/IEC 17025.

The com­pa­ny mis­sion is to pro­vide inno­v­a­tive and effec­tive fire pro­tec­tion ser­vices to clients at rea­son­able cost. IFAB is eager for chal­lenges; the tougher the request from a client, the more deter­mined IFAB is to solve it:

  • We are ASKING
  • We are ANALYSING
  • We are ANSWERING

OUR SOLUTIONS IN:

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NEWS

  • 2019-03-20 11:01
  • IFAB final­ized the first stage of fire safe­ty design for the Vir­gin Hyper­loop One

  • IFAB was con­tract­ed for all fire safe­ty designs for the first stage of the project. This includ­ed the POD design, tubes and relat­ed emer­gency infra­struc­ture. The project was very com­pre­hen­sive includ­ing the spec­i­fi­ca­tion of suit­able design stan­dards, fire risk analy­sis, fire safe­ty con­cepts and ventilation/evacuation stud­ies. See http://www.hyperloop-one.com for fur­ther details.

  • 2019-02-06 17:14
  • Smoke extrac­tion sim­u­la­tions for under­ground sta­tions in Berlin

  • IFAB cur­rent­ly is car­ry­ing out exten­sive CFD sim­u­la­tions to study the effi­cien­cy of smoke extrac­tion sys­tem and evac­u­a­tion con­di­tions in sev­er­al large under­ground sta­tions in Berlin.

  • 2019-01-28 15:10
  • Suc­cess­ful smoke detec­tion tests for a sub­sys­tem sup­pli­er for rolling stock

  • IFAB has suc­cess­ful­ly car­ried out smoke detec­tion tests accord­ing to ARGE Guide­lines Part 1. in order to val­i­date the cor­rect posi­tion­ing of the smoke detec­tors inside an engine room of rolling stock.

  • 2018-10-15 00:16
  • Sem­i­nar accord­ing to EN45545

  • IFAB car­ried out a sem­i­nar about the appli­ca­tion of the norm EN45545 reg­u­la­tions for a com­pa­ny spe­cial­ized on plas­tics rail­way vehi­cles.