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WPI Fire Protection Lab

  • 25 Mar 2015
  • 5:30 AM - 8:30 PM
  • 50 Prescott St. Worceser

WPI will host an AIA-Central MA event on Wednesday evening, March 25th at 5:30 - 8pm at WPI’s new state-of-the-art Fire Protection Engineering  Laboratory Facilities at Gateway Park’s 50 Prescott Street building in Worcester, MA. An “eat and greet” opportunity begins at 5:30pm with a flaming menu, and the formal program beginning at 6pm. Ample parking is available in the parking garage behind the building. To reserve a seat for this scorching event, please RSVP by Friday March 20 to Peggy Clancey at maclancey@wpi.edu
 
Our Speaker: Randall K. Harris, Laboratory Manager will answer your burning questions. Since joining WPI in 2002, Randy has overseen laboratory operations for the Fire Protection Engineering program. The department's facilities accommodate not only FPE faculty and student research, but also a diverse array of interdepartmental, intercollegiate, and industry research, as well as K-12 education. The program will include a talk, tour and demonstrations of some of the ongoing research by faculty and students at the facility. After a discussion covering the history of fire protection as well as the current outlook, a tour will walk through the labs, with sample demonstrations of some of the specialized equipment. The new fire labs opened in 2013 and are designed to provide a great deal of flex space to allow for changing priorities and assistance to industry in a timely manner.
 
WPI - Leading the World to Safety - One of only two graduate level fire engineering programs in the country, WPI’s Fire Protection Engineering has driven more research, developed more real-world solutions, and graduated more in-demand experts in the last 30 years. Whether performing risk analyses with architects, engineering safer ships, investigating explosions, or influencing regulations around the world, fire protection engineers are working in this heroic science to save lives. Protecting our increasingly crowded world from the risk of fire means diving into a stimulating mix of engineering disciplines, mathematics, computer science, and even psychology.  Worcester Polytechnic Institute is a leader in the development of technology for safeguarding the lives and health of first responders and is committed to furthering collaborations with industry. The WPI facility includes two focused laboratories:
 
Fundamentals Laboratory - Sponsored by Honeywell, this lab has new and enhanced bench-scale capabilities. The core capabilities are based on the Cone Calorimeter, the Fire Propagation Apparatus, differential scanning calorimeter, and thermogravimetric analysis. The fundamentals lab is designed to provide high-quality data free of interference from noise, vibrations, environmental factors, etc.
 
Engineering Laboratory - The lab's core capabilities are based on a 6m calorimeter hood that is rated for 3 MW fires. The space under the hood allows for a wide range of full scale experiments conducted for the built and wildland environments. The engineering laboratory is over 2,000 sq. ft. of flexible space with a 30 foot high ceiling.
 
Reserve a seat for this alarming event now and RSVP to Peggy Clancey at maclancey@wpi.edu

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