Net­work­ing and research

Fire safe­ty research

IFAB has been very active in fire safe­ty research. IFAB is a sub-con­trac­tor of the con­sor­tum (BAM, FOGTEC and STUVA) in the research project SUVEREN (Safe­ty of City Under­ground Struc­tures due to the use of New Ener­gy Car­ri­ers). The project stud­ies the secu­ri­ty of unter­ground traf­fic infra­struc­ture under the influ­ence of new ener­gy car­ri­ers. IFAB is respon­si­ble for the exe­cu­tion of exper­i­men­tal tests about spe­cif­ic tasks. Large scale fire tests (fires in Lithi­um-accu­mu­la­tor packs or in gas­es) will show, whether the effects of crit­i­cal events on the infra­struc­ture itself or the users can be reduced via the appli­ca­tion of spe­cial­ly adapt­ed secu­ri­ty mea­sures.

Anoth­er exam­ple for a major research project where IFAB was involved in the Euro­pean research project SOLIT2 (Safe­ty Of Life In Tun­nels). IFAB planned and realised large scale fire tests togeth­er with the Insti­tut der Feuer­wehr (IdF) Hey­roths­berge. This project was the largest one for fire safe­ty in tun­nels. The SOLIT2 test pro­gramme includ­ed over 40 full scale fire tests in com­bi­na­tion with fire-fight­ing sys­tems. The aim of the project was to analyse com­pen­sa­tion of oth­er safe­ty sys­tems in tun­nels. More info­ma­tion is found on UPTUN and SOLIT1 are oth­er well-known under­ground research projects where IFAB or its key per­son­nel have had a major role.


IFAB’s inter­na­tion­al co-oper­a­tion net­work cov­ers numer­ous major fire safe­ty research organ­i­sa­tions and approval bod­ies. IFAB and its key per­son­nel also work on var­i­ous stan­dard­i­s­a­tion com­mit­tees such as EN/DIN and NFPA. A list of the dif­fer­ent co-oper­a­tion part­ners, stan­dards com­mit­tees with IFAB per­son­nel and approval bod­ies (IFAB tests meet their test­ing require­ments) is giv­en below.
– Nation­al Fire Pro­tec­tion Asso­ci­a­tion (NFPA750, NFPA502),
– Euro­pean Norms (EN45545),
– VdS Schaden­ver­hü­tung GmbH,
– TÜV SÜD Rail GmbH,
– STUVA, Stu­di­enge­sellschaft für unterirdis­che Verkehrsan­la­gen e.V.,
– Inter­na­tion­al Water Mist Asso­ci­a­tion, IWMA,
– ITA-COSUF, Com­mit­tee on Oper­a­tional Safe­ty of Under­ground Facil­i­ties,