The 2017 FPRS speaker programme delves into the latest challenges and opportunities facing the sector in 2017. Please see below for what to expect from the 13th edition of FPRS

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    • 07:30 - 08:15
      • Registration and Refreshments

      • 08:15 - 08:30
        • Chair

          Tony Cash – International President, Rail Industry Fire Association

        Chair's Opening Remarks

      • 08:30 - 09:00
        • Speaker

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

        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

      • 09:00 - 09:30
      • Consider EN45545-6 and the Analysis Needed to Reach a Tailor Made Solution Covering Your Fire Hazards Onboard

        • Understanding the responsibility of how to fulfill EN45545-6

        • What data is needed to complete the hazard analysis?

        • How to detect fire in different areas onboard a train?

        • How to define that the area has an acceptable coverage?

      • 09:30 - 10:00
      • Onstage Interview: Evaluating the Overall Cost Impact by Applying EN 45545 From the Perspective of a Carbuilder

        • An overview of the costs associated with applying EN 45545

        o Mitigating research and development costs

        o An analysis of material costs increase

        o Insight into costs for additional fire barrier testing

        o Examining engineering hours for redesign

        • Steps manufacturers can take to manage the costs associated with compliance

      • 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

      • 10:30 - 11:15
        • Morning Refreshments and Networking

        • 11:15 - 12:00
          • Speaker

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

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

          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

        • 12:00 - 12:30
          • Speaker

            Artur Zakirov – Project Manager, RISE Safety and Transport (Sweden)

          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

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

        • 12:45 - 13:45
          • Lunch and Networking

          • 13:45 - 14:15
            • Speaker

              Michael Kinsey – Engineer, Fire Engineering, Arup
            • Speaker

              Li Li – Principal Designer and Professor Level Engineer, CRRC Qingdao Sifang

            Rolling Stock Train Fire Engineering: Facilitating Design using Computational Tools

            • Working with the China Railway Rolling Stock Cooperation (CRRC) Qingdao Sifang Ltd and on an internal Arup research project, Arup have developed/utilized a series of fire engineering computational tools to inform rolling stock design. An overview of these tools along with some modelling results shall be presented

            • The developed computational tools include those to facilitate EN 45545 material fire test selection, EN 45545 code compliance management, fire safety analysis, evacuation time calculation, fire growth profile calculation, and FDS flamespread modeling input file creation

            • Computational modelling has been carried out to simulate fire dynamics using FDS and evacuation dynamics using MassMotion, the results of which shall be presented

          • 14:15 - 14:45
            • Speaker

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

            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

          • 14:45 - 15:15
            • Speaker

              Piet Heydorn – Regional Sales Manager & Technical Sales, Europe, Gurit

            Composite Materials and Solutions for Large Lightweight Structures Meeting the Highest Passenger Fire Safety Standards

            • Transformation from traditional materials to advanced composites: the how and why

            • Material bandwidth and selection criteria

            • Production methods and cost saving opportunities

          • 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<p/> • Considering different management models to ease passenger movement channels<p/> • 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 <p/> • Analysing how to standardise your evacuation exercises in accordance to the updated TSI requirements<p/>

                • 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<p/> • Drawing comparisons between the BS seat tests against the new EN requirements to assess the direction of the EU requirements<p/> • Reviewing the list of compliant materials across the seats to achieve approval for the EN45545<p/>

                • 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<p/> • Understanding the implications behind the changes made to the EN45545-2 regarding toxicity testing and fire containment to determine latest requirements<p/> • Reviewing the current assessment of fire containment and control systems in order to close the gaps in the current TSI LOC&PAS<p/>

              • 16:45 - 17:15
                • Speaker

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

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

                  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)

                Interactive Q&A with the CEN TC 256 WG01 Working Group

              • 17:15 - 17:20
                • Chair

                  Tony Cash – International President, Rail Industry Fire Association

                Chair’s Summary and Close of Day One

              • 17:20 - 18:45
                • Drinks Reception Sponsored by Milwaukee

                • 18:45 - 19:45
                  • Networking Dinner