Research Center for Fire Safety Science is currently promoting formation of research and education center, and produced two major outcomes, one is the development of “theory” pertaining to performancebased fire safety design, and the other is the development in “practice” through experimental research utilizing the fullscale experimental facilities. Upon these two pillars, the Center will further research and deepen our knowledge of how to control the potential fire risks that are increasing along with the emergence of new spatial configurations (high-rise or underground) and use of new materials (e.g. aluminum and plastics). These are inevitable changes brought about by modernization, industrialization and increased need of energy conservation.
The Center invites and accepts research plans from public basically once a year Research activities of the selected plans start at the beginning of each academic year. However, research of urgency may be accepted at any point of an academic year as needed.
The rough schedule of the application is as follows:
- Announcement of the theme : early February
- Application period : February to mid-March
- Notification of acceptance : March to April
- Conducting collaborative research:April to next March
- Briefing report of achievement : by next April
Reference Research Theme
[General Category, A~E]
A. Fundamental research on building fire safety
(Examples from the past)
- Relative comparison of the combustion behavior of different types of electric cables involved in a fire
- Evaluation of environmental health and safety at firefighting activity in building with Class A Form
- Experimental examination concerning visual accident perception of smoke
- Study on hot current flow behavior along an inclined corridor
B. Fundamental research on material combustion science
- Study on evaluating heat release properties of panel products using model box
C. Research on technology and measures pertaining to fire safety
- Research of the safety measures about fire protection of institution
- Terahertz hazardous gas detection through fire and smoke
D. Fundamental research on fire safety and disaster prevention
E. Fundamental research on large-scale fire
[Emphasis Category, F] （*）
F. Experimental Research on Building Structural Fire Resistance
（*）Large-scale experimental challenge to use Structural Fire Resistance Furnace, or Multiple Full-scale Furnace
Management Structure and Assessment Procedure
The Research Center for Fire Safety Science Committee “( the Committee”), playing the central role in the Center, consists of a chairperson and 11 members (5 from inside and 6 from outside of TUS). The Committee is the supreme decision-making body of the Center that develops a research and operation policy, formulates a management policy (including budget drafting), and plans research projects such as deciding a theme to call for entries.
Aiming to support smooth operation of the Center, the Research Theme Selection Committee and two special committees (called Working Groups or WG) are placed under the Committee. The Research Theme Selection Committee and two special committees function as follows respectively:
■ The Research Theme Selection Committee
This committee makes judgment on acceptance or rejection of applications received. Judgment will be made considering whether the research objective is defined clearly, the plan and the methodology are appropriate, proposed budget is reasonable, and whether the research outcome has potential for further development.
■ Facilities and Equipment Control Committee (WG)
This committee (WG) is primarily involved in the operation planning of the fullscale experimental facilities. It is also responsible for the maintenance of facilities and equipment installed in the institution. In addition, it gives users instruction on how to use these facilities and equipment and on safety control.
■ The Research Theme Planning Committee (WG)
This committee (WG) draws out research themes and projects that are appropriate for the collaborative use or research and that serve the purpose of the Center and fulfill a social need.
■ The Assessment Committee
This committee functions as an assessing body of the Center by providing interim and ex-post evaluation on the progress and outcome of research projects.