• 2022-06-30

    IFAB is once again honorary sponsor of the water mist conference IWMC!

    The members of the International Water Mist Association (IWMA) have discussed and decided: The 21st International Water Mist Conference will take place in Madrid, Spain. The conference dates will be 9th and 10th November 2022. The conference venue will be the Elba Madrid Alcalá Hotel.
    On 1st July, the conference programme will be published. Again, IWMA expect speakers from around the globe. The 1st conference day will be applications day and day two will mainly be dedicated to research and sciences.
    A special highlight will be the bestowal of the IWMA Young Talent Award which, in 2022, will go to the author of the best master thesis. The winner will receive a prize money of 1,000 €, will be invited to the conference and will be granted a speaker slot to present his or her thesis.
    An exhibition will run alongside the conference. Twelve companies have booked their tabletops already.
    The conference webpage is live and tickets can be bought. Until 15th September, delegates can profit from the early bird period.

    The conference webpage can be found here .

  • 2022-06-07

    Fire detection system validated through hot smoke tests carried out in a school-building in Wetzlar

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

  • 2022-01-27

    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

    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 the event.

    The conference webpage can be found here and the program has been published here.

    Day one will as always be “Applications Day” and can be booked separately. Day two will mostly be dedicated to sciences and research. An exhibition will run alongside the event. The water mist conference is an annual event and the only event solely dedicated to the water mist technology.

  • 2021-05-31

    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 is based on 4 different possible scenarios that all were simulated. The results of the most suitable scenario were chosen in order to create the final design curve.

  • 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:

  • 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


    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


    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


    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


    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 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.