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Grenfell – Refurbishment faults ‘fuelled fire’

The deaths of 71 people in the Grenfell Tower disaster would have been avoided had the building not been refurbished, according to a fire report.
A BRE Global report, leaked to the Evening Standard, concluded that the fire would have had “little opportunity” to spread from the flat it started in, had it not been for the recladding and other works carried out between 2014 and 2016. More details are provided in the attached NCE article.

Jetfan Technologies for the Improvement of Tunnel Thrust Compared

We compared four different jetfan technologies (conventional, deflectors, slanted silencers and MoJets®) in terms of their installation factors and in-tunnel thrust. Our full study will be presented at the 9th International Conference on Tunnel Safety and Ventilation on June 12 - 14, 2018 in Graz, Austria. A preview of our results can be found here.

Failures, Accidents and Terrorism in Metro Systems

Dr Fathi Tarada delivered a presentation on "underground fires in metro systems – failures, accidents and terrorism" at the Railway Industry Fire Association's seminar on 22 March 2018. The presentation focused on present and future threats in underground metro systems, and can be downloaded here.