In the autumn of 2011, full-scale fire tests were carried out in one of the Swedish Transport Administration’s abandoned tunnels outside Arvika. In a global perspective, few full-scale tests have been carried out since they require large financial resources and a comprehensive organisation. When constructing new buildings different computer models are often used to simulate fires and the spreading of smoke. Full-scale tests are invaluable in being able to verify these models and make the calculations more accurate.
Trains today have good fireproofing in themselves, but the cargo can be the factor which has significance for whether the fire develops into a flashover at all. Something which has also been shown to have a decisive effect is whether the train’s doors are open or not. For example, the gap between the train and the platform can have a big influence on both the spread of the fire and evacuation, says Professor Haukur Ingason at the SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden.
Polisens Utbildningsplats (the Police Training Centre), Noregården, Verkavägen 105, Rosersberg, Stockholm, Monday 10 December at 12.00-17.50, Tuesday 11 December at 08.30-16.15. For more information visit http://metroproject.se/Pubs/METRO_seminar_2012_A4_121106.pdf