Anually, fires cause major losses both in terms of fatalities, injured people and values. In response to this challenge, the Fire Research and Innovation Centre (FRIC) was started 1st March 2019. The main objective is to increase knowledge within the field of fire science in order to support decisions and develop better solutions providing increased fire safety in buildings. FRIC shall strengthen cooperation and lead to a long-term increase of competence and dissemination of knowledge within the fire safety field. The research is organized into four work packages:
- Evidence-based decision-making within fire safety
- Fire dynamics and modeling
- Building Technology and design
- Fire safety measures and new technology.
Multidisciplinary cooperation is a prerequisite for development of good solutions in the centre. FRIC is led by RISE Fire Research in Trondheim, with NTNU and SINTEF as research partners. FRIC has partners from the public sector, consultancy engineers, manufacturers of building materials and building installations, as well as within real estate development and management. An important partner is Trøndelag Fire and Rescue Service (TBRT), which represents a central target group for the research.
FRIC will develop knowledge for improved mathematical modelling of fire development, and study fire safe use of new technology in buildings (e.g. solar cells, batteries/energy storage, innovative building materials and construction solutions). Fire safe dwellings, fire safety for vulnerable groups and safety for the fire brigades are other topics to be studied, as well as new extinguishing systems and the efficiency of different fire safety measures. Various research methods will be applied, e.g. investigation of fires, experimental activities and theoretical analyses. The research results will provide the basis for further development of products, services and regulations that can increase fire safety in our society.
FRIC is funded by the Research Council of Norway, program BRANNSIKKERHET, project number 294649, as well as by industry partners and authorities. The project is coordinated by RISE Fire Research in Trondheim, Norway.
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