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  • 2021-03-15

    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).

  • 2020-11-13

    IFAB re-accredited to revised ISO/IEC 17025:2018-03!

    IFAB was re-accredited according to the revised ISO/IEC 17025:2018-03 for the proof of the effectiveness of water-based fire fighting systems by fire tests for rolling stock (rail vehicles), industrial plants, public places, store rooms, engine and machinery spaces, tunnel- and transport infrastructure systems as well as high-voltage batteries and the experimental determination of design fire scenarios by full scale fire tests: https://www.dakks.de/as/ast/d/D-PL-19994-01-00e.pdf.

  • 2020-10-20

    Hot Smoke tests in a school in Wetzlar

    In a new building of the Goethe-Schule in Wetzlar IFAB has carried out hot smoke tests to validate the flawless functionality of the installed fire detection system.  The tests became necessary because some of the smoke detectors installed in the ceiling were partially covered by newly suspended ceilings.

  • 2020-07-30

    Fire tests for N2 Global

    IFAB has carried out for and together with N2 Global a series of fire tests using various N2 Global fire extinguishing systems. Nitrogen was used as the extinguishing agent. The test scenarios were developed and implemented in close collaboration with N2 Global.

  • 2020-07-22

    Fire tests according to ARGE part II:2018 und UNI 11565:2016

    IFAB has carried out fire tests for one of the leading water mist manufacturers according to ARGE part II:2018 and UNI 11565:2016. High pressure water mist systems were tested in order to approve its efficiency in passenger areas for rolling stock. IFAB is specifically accredited for the application of such guidelines in fire tests.

  • 2020-03-03

    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

    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 in this field.

  • 2020-02-06

    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

    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. The fire behaviour of battery reference and design fire loads of isolated NEC and of the entire vehicle with/ without firefighting technologies were investigated. Different measurement methods for the determination of battery fires were implemented during the fire tests of Lithium-Ion battery fire safety (gas analyses and different methods for HRR determination).

  • 2019-03-20

    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

    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

    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

    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.

  • 2018-09-21

    Development of a fire extinguishing concept for a grain storage

    IFAB developed a fire extinguishing concept for a grain storage in Hobrechtsfelde near Berlin that functions as an exhibition room and a technical museum.

  • 2018-08-21

    Car battery fire resistance services from IFAB

    IFAB has extended its services to the automobile industry by being able to carry out fire resistance tests of car batteries according to:

    • GB/T 31467.3, Lithium-ion traction battery pack and system for electric vehicles – Part 3: Safety requirements and test methods

    • E/ECE/324/Rev.2/Add.99/Rev.2, Annex 8E, Fire Resistance.

  • 2018-08-21

    Smoke tests (ARGE Standard) - Haifa, Israel

    IFAB successfully carried out smoke tests according to ARGE – Part 1. The tested new funicular vehicles are operating inside a tunnel to mountain Carmelit (in operation since 1959).

  • 2018-07-26

    Updates to our website

    Our webpage was expanded in order to meet the requirements of the GDPR. Many new pictures can be found in various subcategories. Furthermore, the references in the download section were updated.

  • 2018-06-25

    IFAB is part of the SUVEREN research project

    IFAB will carry out large scale fire tests with lithium-ion batteries as a contractor in the SUVEREN research project (Safety of City Underground Structures due to the use of New Energy Carriers). More information about SUVEREN can be found on the website www.suveren-nec.info/.

  • 2018-05-29

    Update and revision of our website

    Dear visitor,

    our website is currently being updated and revised.

    We thank you for your understanding.

    Your IFAB-Team

  • 2018-02-19

    Seminar regarding NFPA130 for a major supplier to the railway industry

    IFAB carried out a seminar about the application of the norm NFPA 130 regulations for a company specialized in opening buttons for road and railway vehicles.