Best Paper at IfireSS in Naples Italy

Pool fire testOur research team traveled to Naples Italy to attend the IfireSS conference. Ben Nicoletta presented his paper to a  keen audience. The paper, Performance of Gfrp stay-in- place Form work for Bridge Dec ks after Real and Simulated Fire Damage (download herewas an interesting work with collaboration from University of Waterloo and Queen’s University. It is a preliminary study which we are currently developing into a larger project. Ben’s hard work paid off and he won best paper at the conference. Currently Ben is interning in a joint research collaboration with the global consultancy firm Entuitive (via graduate Matt Smith). Ben was supported at the conference by research team students Hailey Todd and Chloe Jeanneret. Chloe is performing an internship with Dr. Guillermo Rein’s Haze Lab at Imperial College and the trip was not too far for her. Hailey is working on stadium design.

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Ben receives his Best Paper award, and we pose for a group photo outside the venue.
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With any conference the social program was great. We were able to explore many archaeology sites in Naples., here Hailey uses a selfie stick the way it was meant to be used, peaking behind a closed gate to look at a 2000 year old stairwell!

Fire and Materials Journal

Fire and materials 3Very exciting to announce that effective this year I am joining John Wiley’s journal, Fire and Materials as an Associate Editor. In this role I will be considering mainly the structural materials papers. Fire and Materials is one of the more older peer reviewed journals for our research community beginning in 1976. The journal is led by Steven Grayson. More information is to come on this initiative. For now be sure to check out my own Fire and Materials paper on the Creep of Prestressing steel which can be downloaded here .

The MGM Grand Fire

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Now called Ballys this was the building on Flamingo road where 87 people died in a fire at the MGM Grand.

The MGM Grand Fire occurred on November 21st 1980. It represents a significant case study in the study of Human Behavior in fire as well as for smoke dynamics. About 87 people were killed in this fire. Recently I had a chance to visit and talk to certain staff members at the current building over 35 years later.  There are many rumors associated to the fire today but I thought a visual representation is quite telling when you compare the building to other hotels on the strip in Las Vegas. Most people are completely unaware that the building is still standing today.

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Over 60 sprinkler heads can be found in the opening canopy parking lot as you enter the building today

Ive included some more recent photos herein. To many who visit the current building there is not much remembrance to the fire that is obvious to the casual pedestrian walking by. If you search really hard there really isn’t a plaque talking about the fire that is visible. However there are many reminders present if you look carefully as the included imagery resonates. The patrons are oblivious to what happened for the most part., although some online do contend the buildings haunting and unusual activities – though i dont advise talking about these stories within the building or near by as many are sensitive to these types of stories.  Images posted for reflection to those keen on our disciplines history.

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Ill talk more on this at a later date.

Interflam 2016 Conference Papers

Our team is very excited to be travelling to the Interflam conference this year. There we will be presenting 4 papers in posters and oral presentations. Papers have primarily been led by students on the team and involve a great and diverse set of collaborators. The conference is this July 4th through 6th in the UK. In no order a brief description of each is below:

Design For Elderly Egress In Fire Situations.  By Folk, L., Gales, J., Gwynne, S., Kinsey, M.

PFST2.pngThe paper represents a follow up to our Human Behavior in Fire Symposium paper last fall. The work deals with aging populations and evacuation modelling. It is a lead on to a new grant from NSERC Canada in collaboration with Arup.

 

Behaviour of Char Layer in Fire-Damaged Box Section Timber Beams. By Quiquero, H., Gales, J., and Hadjisophocleous, G

PFST3The work is the product of a NSERC student scholar’s research by Quiquero and is a follow on to her Canadian Society of Civil Engineers study on mechanics of Timber beams after exposure from severe temperature exposure., That will be presented this month.

 

Improving Fire Safety Of Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymers For Bridge Infrastructures. By Gales, J., Nagy, N., Weckman., B., Gaudreault, C., and Smith, H.

PFST4The work is based on a novel materials in fire collaboration between the University of Waterloo and Carleton University. Thoughts and insights into improving fire performance of composite polymers are discussed.

 

 

Post-fire Guidance for the Critical Temperature of Prestressing Steel.  By Roberston, L., and Gales, J.

This workPFST follows my steel in fire forum presentation that illustrated that post fire guidance given about the strength of prestressing steel after fire, may be in need of revision. Results of over 100 tests are used to support these preliminary conclusions.

 

The conference should be an exciting time this July to present these papers, see other’s studies and catch up with old colleagues from across the ‘pond’. Other conference updates will be posted soon.

 

Website launch

Welcome to the first entry of this website. The website, galesfiresafety.com is meant to compile my research activities in one location. While not ‘everything’ I am involved with will be found here, I do believe this platform offers unique advantages for public engagement and accessibility.

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On this website you will find details of my current research projects, a listing of my publications, an updated research blog, and more. I would like to encourage readers to engage in discussions about the topics presented here. I think twitter is an excellent platform for this. Follow me @GalesFireSafety

To supply some content for this website, I have included in this entry pdf links to previous articles I have prepared (other blog entries, recent publications etc.). Below are several entries related to an ongoing project I am conducting on the History of Fire Sciences and Technology (see current research projects for more details);

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Denver fire tests

18th cent. structural fire testing

Travelling fires paper

I would like to draw attention to the later link. This is an open access copy of one of my recent peer-reviewed communications as a member of the editorial board of Fire Technology. (http://link.springer.com/journal/10694) The paper was largely written in my spare time and provides my views of open access repositories and how they help progress contemporary research. I am a firm believer in open access, so I plan to host some of these articles here after they are accepted for publication as pre-drafts. The original version may be downloaded here; http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10694-013-0372-3

Above all, I hope the readers following this website find it engaging.