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 17025:2018-03.

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

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NEWS

  • 2022-01-27 08:39
  • Free burn fire tests of a rail vehi­cle to val­i­date numer­i­cal sim­u­la­tion meth­ods

  • IFAB com­plet­ed free burn fire tests of a com­plete rail vehi­cle as a base to val­i­date numer­i­cal sim­u­la­tion meth­ods. IFAB’s respon­si­bil­i­ty was to devel­op the test­ing method with the mea­sure­ment sys­tem, car­ry out all mea­sure­ments, HRR cal­cu­la­tions (by dif­fer­ent meth­ods) and report­ing of the test results.

  • 2021-09-13 15:57
  • IFAB is hon­orary spon­sor of the 20th IWMC in War­saw in Octo­ber 2021

  • The Inter­na­tion­al Water Mist Asso­ci­a­tion (IWMA) has announced that IWMC 2021 (the 20th Inter­na­tion­al Water Mist Con­fer­ence 2021) will take place on 27th and 28th Octo­ber 2021. The venue will be War­saw, Poland, the con­fer­ence will be held in the Regent War­saw Hotel. As in the pre­vi­ous years, IFAB will be an hon­orary spon­sor of … Con­tin­ue read­ing IFAB is hon­orary spon­sor of the 20th IWMC in War­saw in Octo­ber 2021

  • 2021-05-31 11:17
  • Design fire curves for BVG, Berlin

  • IFAB was con­tract­ed by the Berlin pub­lic trans­port sys­tem (BVG) to cre­ate a design fire curve for the metro vehi­cle types H and HK (large and small pro­file). This devel­oped curve is used as a design fire curve for the smoke and evac­u­a­tion sim­u­la­tions in all BVG sta­tions in the future. The design fire curve … Con­tin­ue read­ing Design fire curves for BVG, Berlin

  • 2021-03-15 15:46
  • NFPA 130:2020 train­ing for a Swiss client

  • IFAB car­ried out a train­ing for a client in Switzer­land with the fol­low­ing top­ic: NFPA 130:2020 (Stan­dard for Fixed Guide­way Tran­sit and Pas­sen­ger Rail Sys­tems).