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ASTM seeks papers for Wildland-Urban Interface Fire symposium.

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Dec 27, 2013 - Papers are invited for symposium on Structure Ignition in Wildland-Urban Interface Fires, to be held June 18-19, 2015. Of particular interest are research studies that may provide scientific basis for cost-effective building codes/standards as well as retrofit strategies to reduce structures lost in fires. These could include post-fire/case studies; experimental structure ignition and ember accumulation studies; WUI exposure computer modeling studies, and studies evaluating mitigation strategies.

ASTM International - West Conshohocken, PA

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Papers Invited for ASTM International Symposium on Wildland-Urban Interface Fires

Press release date: Dec 19, 2013

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., —Papers are invited for a symposium on Structure Ignition in Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) Fires, to be held June 18-19, 2015 at the Marriott Anaheim in Anaheim, Calif. Sponsored by ASTM International Committee E05 on Fire Standards, the symposium will be held in conjunction with the standards development meetings of the committee.

Wildfires that spread into communities, commonly referred to as Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) fires, are a significant problem in Australia, Europe and the United States. WUI fire spread is extraordinarily challenging and presents an emerging problem in fire safety science. While it is accepted that WUI fires are an important societal problem, little understanding exists on how to contain and mitigate the hazard associated with such fires.

Papers devoted to the state of the art in WUI fire research are invited. Of particular interest are research studies (post-fire/case studies, experimental, numerical) that may provide the scientific basis for cost- effective building codes/standards as well as retrofit strategies to reduce the number of structures lost in these fires. These could include:
• Post-fire/case studies;
• Experimental structure ignition and ember (firebrand) accumulation studies;
• WUI exposure computer modeling studies, including hazard and risk models;
• Studies evaluating mitigation strategies; and
• Statistical studies of wildfire incident data.

Abstracts and papers relevant to these topics are requested. To participate, presenters/authors must submit a 250-300 word preliminary abstract by April 15, 2014. The abstract must include a clear definition of the objective and approach of the work discussed, pointing out material that is new, and present sufficient details regarding results. The presentation and manuscript must not be of a commercial nature nor can it have been previously published. The symposium co-chairmen will notify you by June 18, 2014, of your paper’s acceptability for presentation at the symposium.

Visit www.astm.org/E05CFP2015 to submit your abstract and for additional information.

Additional technical information is available from symposium co-chairmen Samuel Manzello, NIST, Gaithersburg, Md. (phone: 301-975-6891; samuelm@nist.gov); and Stephen Quarles, Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, Richburg, S.C. (phone: 803-789-4209; squarles@ibhs.org).

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ASTM Staff Contact: Hannah Sparks, Phone: 610-832-9677; hsparks@astm.org