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

  • 2020-03-03 09:15
  • FIRE SAFETY CONCEPTS FOR UNDERGROUND STATIONS IN BERLIN

  • IFAB was autho­rised by the BVG to gen­er­ate fire safe­ty con­cepts of var­i­ous under­ground sta­tions in Berlin. This also includes a con­duc­tion of exten­sive CFD sim­u­la­tions to study the effi­cien­cy of smoke extract­ing and evac­u­a­tion con­di­tions.

  • 2020-02-25 12:20
  • FIRE SAFETY CONSULTING ROLLING STOCK

  • In 2019, IFAB car­ried out fire safe­ty con­cepts for new and refit­ted parts of rolling stock, guide­line for an entire vehi­cle and func­tion­al assess­ments accord­ing to ARGE part 1 (by FDS) and part 2 (by fire tests). Fur­ther con­tracts in 2020 are indi­cat­ing the increas­ing demand for fire safe­ty in rolling stock and IFAB’s rep­u­ta­tion … Con­tin­ue read­ing FIRE SAFETY CONSULTING ROLLING STOCK

  • 2020-02-06 15:20
  • WATER MIST APPROVAL FOR MACHINERY SPACE

  • IFAB was con­tract­ed by a water mist man­u­fac­tur­er to car­ry out fire tests for both a VDS and a FM approval accord­ing to FM 5560 Appen­dix E Machin­ery Space. Fire tests were con­duct­ed suc­cess­ful­ly togeth­er with RISE lab­o­ra­to­ries in Nor­way.

  • 2020-01-14 07:10
  • SUVEREN RESEARCH

  • In 2019, a few large fire test series were car­ried out in order to deter­mine fire safe­ty mea­sures of Lithi­um-Ion bat­ter­ies with­in the scope of a research project SUVEREN. Test series with trac­tion bat­ter­ies, wood­en design fire loads and with CNG jet fires, with/ with­out fire­fight­ing of dif­fer­ent agents were con­duct­ed in our test lab. … Con­tin­ue read­ing SUVEREN RESEARCH