Fire Protection of Rolling Stock 2017 programme

Fire Protection of Rolling Stock 2017 programme

The 2017 Fire Protection of Rolling Stock speaker programme (FPRS) delves into the latest challenges and opportunities facing the sector in 2017. 

Day 1. Wednesday, March 1

08:00 – 08:45: Registration and Refreshments

08:45 – 09:00: Chair’s Opening Remarks.

Tony Cash – International President, Rail Industry Fire Association

09:00 – 09:30: The European Framework for Vehicle Authorisation: Implications of 4th Railway Package and Reduction of National Rules

  • Overview of EU framework for technical harmonisation of the railway system
  • Vehicle authorisation with particular focus on the changes introduced by the 4th Railway Package
  • Linkages to fire protection of rolling stock

Torben Holvad – Economic Adviser, European Railway Agency (France)

09:30 – 10:00: Considering Next Generation Diagnostic and Monitoring Systems to Extend Service Time of Existing and New Fleets

  • Assessing the scope of the EN45545 standard to improve fire safety
  • Understanding how smart infrastructure can improve the quality of live information accessible to drivers
  • Evaluating how to improve data quality to increase product life and performance
  • Assessing the importance of obtaining data of component performance after aging as well as starting properties in order to determine product life time

Henrik Gjörloff – Sales Manager, Consilium (Sweden)

10:00 – 10:30: Reviewing Design Considerations and Selecting the Most Cost Effective Testing Methodologies to Achieve Sufficient Fire Safety Levels

  • Addressing the various factors where extra additional to detail from conception to execution of a project can drastically reduce costs of testing and time of deliverables
  • Understanding the impact a thorough design phase can have on the proceeding testing phase in terms of assessing the appropriate test methodologies and expected expenditure
  • Reviewing the range of test methodologies applicable to determine the most cost effective method against desired level of fire safety achievable
  • Reviewing the potential of expenditure skyrocketing through lack of consideration to all stages of a project which can lead to failure in tests requiring revisions and more resources and time

Paul Van Trigt – President & CEO, Aero-X AG (Switzerland)

10:30 – 11:00: Morning Refreshments and Networking

11:00 – 11:30: Examining the Test Data Obtained from Puncture Testing of Fuel Tanks in U.S Passenger Trains

  • Highlighting current research being conducted under the Federal Railroad Administration’s Equipment Safety Research Programme
  • Evaluating the existing requirements for fuel tanks on locomotives
  • Analysing real world data achieved from recently performed full-scale impact testing performed on fuel tanks to determine their puncture-resistance

Karina Jacobsen – Mechanical Engineer, US Department of Transportation (USA)

Melissa Shurland – Program Manager, Train Occupant Protection, Fire Safety, U.S Department of Transportation (USA)

11:30 – 12:00: Session reserved for Milwaukee

12:00 – 12:30: Project iRIS: Intelligent Fire Risk Identification in Different Vehicles to Draw Comparisons and Assess Potential Learning Bridges for Better Safety

  • Exploring the connection between vehicle fire inspections and occurred fires
  • Assessing how feedback can be used to make inspection of fires more effective
  • Cross learning to improve fire safety through comparison of data through different vehicle types
  • Understanding how closer collaboration between researchers and professionals will improve safety
  • Reviewing whether vehicle diagnostics and digitalisation in the future prevent even more fires

Artur Zakirov – Project Manager, SP Safety Fire Research (Sweden)

12:30 – 12:45: Technology Spotlight: How the Development of Tests Methods for Fire Suppression Systems on Vehicles could be Applied to Rolling Stock

Anders Gulliksson – Technical Manager, Dafo Brand (Sweden)

12:45 – 13:45: Lunch and Networking

13:45 – 14:15: Session reserved

14:15 – 14:45: Japan: Regulatory Landscape, Case Study Learnings and Technical Innovation in Fire Protection of Rolling Stock

  • Summarising involvement of the regulation regarding the fire retardant materials used in place of a fire safety regulation for the whole of rolling stock in Japan
  • Reporting on the recent typical fire accidents that occurred in Japan
  • Reviewing the effort of Japanese laboratories in order to successfully export their product oversees in accordance to European and American Standards

Takashi Kusa – Senior Expert, Railway Technical Research Institute (Japan)

14:45 – 15:15: Session Reserved for Gurit

15:15 – 15:45: Afternoon Refreshments and Networking

15:45 – 16:45: Criteria for Regulation: Update on EN45545-2 by the CENTC256 WG01 Working Group

This session will include 3 short presentations covering topics relevant to the standard from updated revisions to testing and implications. At the end of the session there will be an interactive Q&A with the working group.

Evaluating the Influential Factors in Software Calculations to Achieve the Quickest Evacuation Time to Meet the Regulatory Requirements. Guillaume Craveur – Speaker

  • Reviewing different evacuation models based on effectiveness and considerations to car design

-Considering different management models to ease passenger movement channels

-Assessing how fire severity and a reduced evacuation time can be influenced by an increase in passengers with their luggage along with additional carriages and evaluating how to consider these factors in design and implementation

-Analysing how to standardise your evacuation exercises in accordance to the updated TSI requirements

  • Reviewing Improvements Made by the latest EN45545-2 Standard in Relation to Increasing Quality Required for Approved Seat Testing. Richard Nowell – Speaker

-Reviewing the latest changes made to the EN45545-2 standard with regards to seat testing to assess difference in requirements

-Drawing comparisons between the BS seat tests against the new EN requirements to assess the direction of the EU requirements

-Reviewing the list of compliant materials across the seats to achieve approval for the EN45545

  • Reviewing the Revised Sections of the EN45545-2 by CEN TC 256 WG01 Working Group to Understand Implications for the Industry. Serge Métral – Speaker

-Sharing the recent progress on the work done by the CENTC256 WG01 on the European standard

-Understanding the implications behind the changes made to the EN45545-2 regarding toxicity testing and fire containment to determine latest requirements

-Reviewing the current assessment of fire containment and control systems in order to close the gaps in the current TSI LOC&PAS

16:45 – 17:15: Interactive Q&A with the CEN TC 256 WG01 Working Group

Guillaume Craveur – Fire Safety Engineer, SNCF Rolling Stock Engineering Centre (France)

Serge Métral – Head, Standards and Regulation, Centre d’Ingénierie du Matériel, SNCF and Chairman, CEN TC 256 WG01, CEN European Committee for Standardisation, SNCF (France)

Richard Nowell – Rolling Stock Fire and Interior Standards Engineer, Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) (UK)

17:15 – 17:20: Chair’s Summary and Close of Day One

Tony Cash – International President, Rail Industry Fire Association

17:20 – 18:45: Drinks Reception Sponsored by Milwaukee

18:45 – 19:45: Networking Dinner


Day 2. Thursday, March 2

07:30 – 08:20: Registration and refreshments

08:20 – 08:30: Chair’s Opening Remarks

Tony Cash – International President, Rail Industry Fire Association

08:30 – 09:00: Fire Resistance Testing of Technical Cabinets in Accordance with EN45545

  • In-depth look into the specifications of the EN45545-2 §4.2.h
  • Reviewing the standard fire resistance test methods in accordance to the EN45545-3
  • Understanding the gaps between the existing standards requirements and the cabinets features
  • Evaluating how to test fire resistance of cabinets

Pierre-Yves Mazille – Eco-design and Fire & Smoke Team Leader, Alstom

09:00 – 09:30: Addressing the Challenges Behind Replacing High Performing Non-Compliant Materials to Adhere to the EN45545

  • Reviewing the specifications and performance of accepted EN45545 materials for both interior and exterior application
  • Analysing the most up to date requirements set by the standard for applicable materials
  • Evaluating the changes to performance and cost when replacing non-compliant materials in order to meet requirements of the latest edition of the standard
  • Reviewing the process and factors necessary of test protocol submissions to support the extended use of non-compliant materials
  • Understanding the specification of the EN45545-2 with regards to testing methodology and appropriate selection of materials which have minimal release of harmful toxins under combustion

Andrea Cremoncini – Marketing Manager, ISE Srl (Italy)

09:30 – 10:00: Evaluating Human Psychology During an Emergency in a Tunnel to Improve the Management of Evacuations

  • Considering the range of behaviour patterns of passengers in the instance of a fire on board
  • Understanding various methods of effective management of passengers when evacuation is necessary in a tunnel
  • Addressing what factors both rolling stock and infrastructure sectors can consider collaboratively to improve evacuation scenarios
  • Considering how next generation technology is improving the quality of information available to drivers and enhancing decision making

Gunnar D. Jenssen – Senior Research Scientist, SINTEF (Norway)

10:00 – 10:30: Session Reserved for Protectowire

10:30 – 11:00: Morning Refreshments and Networking

11:00 – 11:30: Comparing the Influence and Impact of Both Active and Passive Fire Systems Against One Another

  • In-depth comparison of factors to consider when selecting both passive and active fire systems to see where one can potentially reduce necessity of requirements and costs from another
  • Understanding the shift of responsibility from one system to another with regards to management of the hazard and passenger safety
  • Update to the influential changes made to both the EN45545-2 and EN45545-6
  • Evaluating the requirements and costs behind implementation and testing for both systems
  • Considering the future of both systems with regards to obligatory inclusion in existing and upcoming standards across the globe

Bjoern Moehle – Sales Manager, Fogtec Brandschutz GmbH & Co.KG (Germany)

11:30 – 12:15: Debate: The Value of Understanding the Bigger Picture by Considering Influences From Both Rolling Stock and Infrastructure Throughout all Stages to Boost Asset Protection and Passenger Safety for the

  • Understanding the vested interested between rolling stock and infrastructure to improve quality of end results for both sectors
  • Considering how co-operation between both sectors throughout the design stage can allow a broader scope of requirements that can be addressed by the opposing sector to benefit one another
  • Evaluating how considering both sectors during the testing phase can reduce costs by eliminating frivolous expenditure on tests for components which could be obsolete due to auxiliary solutions in the partnering sector
  • Assessing the boosted potential of asset protection and fire safety for passengers achievable in operating rolling stock and infrastructure which have had collaborative input from both sectors

Ulf Lundström – Tunnel Safety Officer, Swedish Transport Administration (Sweden)

Aurelio Rojo Garrido – President, Spanish Fire Protection Engineers Association (APICI) (Spain)

12:15 – 12:30: Technology Spotlight by Promat

12:30 – 13:30: Lunch and Networking

13:30 – 14:00: Comparing EN45545 Against National Standards to Assess Overlap and Ease Transition for 2018

  • An update to key changes in the latest EN45545 edition in relation to national standards across major European markets, such as; France, Germany, UK, Belgium
  • Assessing the requirements for national norms against the EN standard to draw overlaps
  • Understanding the extent of compliancy set forth by the EN45545 standard and necessary costs and resources required to achieve this against current national norms
  • Examples of when referring to national norms can be acceptable alongside the EN standards
  • Considering the relevance of national norms in 2018 after EN45545’s transitional period has ended

Reinhard Rössler – Managing Director, Rail Services International (Austria)

14:00 – 14:30: Reaction to Fire Standards and Railcar Fire Safety

  • Fire development in a railcar
    o This section will present the results of a full-scale traincar fire to show the development of the fire from ignition to full involvement, as well show results of modelling this fire using FDS
  • The impact of standards on fire development
    o To achieve compliance with the reaction to fire standards new materials for use in railcars are being developed. This section will discuss the effect of different material properties on fire development and their impact on life safety
  • Beyond standard compliance, future trends
    o This section will discuss whether complying with the reaction to fire standards is the last step in the design of a railcar and show that there may be other parameters that should be considered

George Hadjisophocleous – Chair of Fire Safety Engineering, Carleton University (USA)

14:30 – 15:00: Afternoon Refreshments and Networking

15:00 – 16:30: Speaker Hosted Roundtables

Interactive roundtable sessions offer a unique opportunity to come together with your peers to share best practice and develop solutions to critical challenges facing the industry as a whole. Hosted by industry experts and each focused on a single issue, roundtables are an exciting, interactive way to build your personal network and learn from the experience and expertise of fire safety specialists in rolling stock.

Each roundtable session lasts for 45 minutes, and delegates may attend up to 2 roundtables

  • Analysing the Various Methodologies of Testing Based on Their Cost and Effectiveness of Achieving a Sufficient Fire Standard Mia Kumm – Speaker
  • Evaluating the Overall Cost Impact by Applying EN 45545 From the Perspective of a Carbuilder Tolga Wichmann – Speaker
  • Examining the Pros and Cons of the EN45545 from the Perspective of an Operator Max Vibæk – Speaker
  • Experiences with EN45545 During Authorisation of in Service Rolling Stock and the Benefits and Manageability of the Transitional Arrangements of Materials Martin Debudey – Speaker
  • Exploring Considerations Manufacturers Take Before Selecting Suppliers Carlo Cecchi – Speaker
  • Fire Detection in general with thermal application and our RSX-F or Thermal Fire Sensor Werner Filez – Speaker
  • The Influence of Ignition Sources on the Burning Process Jolanta Radziszewska-Wolińska – Speaker

16:30 – 16:45: Chair’s Summary and Close of Day Two

Tony Cash – International President, Rail Industry Fire Association

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