Fire-safety engineering calls on the many skills of our teams of expert engineers:
• Combustion, fluid mechanics, thermal engineering, etc.: fire development and smoke movement.
• Structural mechanics: thermomechanical response of concrete, reinforced-concrete, prestressed-concrete, steel, composite and timber structures and of compartmentation elements.
Different resources can be used in a fire-safety-engineering study:
• Calculation methods
– Simplified methods (analytical, defined in Eurocodes and rules of good practice)
– Advanced methods (numerical simulations using the FDS and SAFIR programs for calculating fire development and structural performance respectively).
– Input data for calculation methods used to extrapolate from the results of small-scale tests
– Conducting full-scale tests if calculation methods do not exist.
• Statistical data
– Input data for calculation methods
– For probabilistic analyses and expert appraisals.