PROFESSOR EDWIN R. GALEA, DIRECTOR OF FIRE SAFETY ENGINEERING GROUP (FSEG), UNIVERSITY OF GREENWICH
The RAeS Heathrow Branch September 2016 lecture will demonstrate the use of fire and evacuation modelling in aircraft design and certification applications. Several example applications will be provided to illustrate the techniques including design analysis for a Blended Wing Body passenger aircraft and certification analysis of a VIP configured B747.
Finally, the techniques will be used in a forensic analysis of the fatal Manchester Airport B737 fire from 1985 which resulted in the loss of 55 lives. Thirty years after the incident, fire and evacuation modelling has advanced to the point where it is possible to reconstruct the accident and examine the factors that contributed to the large loss of life. In this presentation coupled fire and evacuation simulation are used to investigate the impact of door opening times on evacuation and survivability.
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Professor Edwin R. Galea, BSc, Dip.Ed, Phd, CMath, FIMA, CEng, FIFireE
Director of Fire Safety Engineering Group (FSEG), University Of Greenwich
Professor Galea is the founding director of the Fire Safety Engineering Group of the University of Greenwich in London where he has worked in the area of Computational Fire Engineering research since 1986. FSEG are developers of the EXODUS suite of evacuation and crowd dynamics software and the SMARTFIRE fire simulation software, which have users in 35 countries around the world. His personal research interests include human behaviour in emergency evacuation situations, crowd dynamics, evacuation and crowd dynamics simulation, fire dynamics and CFD fire simulation. His research has applications to the aviation, building, maritime and rail industries.
His aviation based fire and evacuation projects include design and certification analysis for aircraft such as; A380, A340-600, BWB, Mitsubishi Regional Jet, Dash8-400, CS100, CS300 and VIP configured B747 aircraft. Other recent projects include; a study into human factors issues associated with the evacuation of the WTC, an evacuation project associated with security bollards funded by the UK Home Office, a Homeland Security project supported by the US DoD to develop a real time evacuation management system for the Pentagon building, a project to develop a new concept in wayfinding for complex buildings called Intelligent Active Dynamic Signage Systems funded by EU FP7 programme and a project funded by Innovate UK concerned with autonomous road vehicles.
Prof Galea is the author of over 250 academic and professional publications, the vice chair of the International Association of Fire Safety Science and serves on a number of national and international standards committees.
Prof Galea has won a number of awards for his work including; 2002 Queen’s Anniversary prize, 2006 Royal Aeronautical Society Gold Award; the Royal Institution of Naval Architects Medal of Distinction for 2013 and the 2014 “The Guardian” University Award for Research Impact.