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Introduction

The Department of Fire Safety Research is engaged in the R&D of technologies related to fire-safety structures, flame-resistant materials, and preventing the spread of fires, as well as design technologies to improve the fire safety performance of buildings and fire safety technologies for new spaces and social infrastructures. The Department also conducts fire-resistance tests, heat-response tests, and full-scale fire tests. To perform its work, it retains testing equipment such as a 10MW burn hall, room corner test, and single burning item, as well as long span horizontal heating surface (10m), 1,000 ton pillar heating furnace, vertical heating furnace and medium-size multi-purpose heating furnace. The Department plans to develop ICT-based disaster safety systems to identify and foster new growth-engine industries for the nation, while diversifying its work and building its reliability as an internationally certified testing institute for fire safety.

Sub-centers/Offices

  • Administrative Team for Fire Safety Research

Main Research Fields (Operations)

  • Development of building-customized, high performance fire safety design technologies
    • Development of building fire risk evaluation technologies
    • Development of building fire-resistance, combustion spreading prevention, smoke control and evacuation safety design technologies
    • Development of building materials, members, furniture, life-size fire patterns and consulting technologies
  • Development of facility fire-resistance/flame-proof design/evaluation standards and element technologies
    • Development of facility fire-resistance design and evaluation technologies
    • Development of flame-proof element technologies
    • Research on fire-resistant and flame-proof policies
  • Flame retardant plastic and application technologies
    • Eco-friendly non-organic flame retardants that satisfy the flame retardancy performance standards announced by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation, and that can be mass-produced using extrusion method
    • Can be used in various ways as building finishing materials and for fire-proof doors, etc.
    • In particular, these technologies can be applied as alternatives to combustible aluminum panels, which were the cause of the fire in Grenfell Tower (responsible for the death of more than 80 people) in England in 2017.
  • Research on fire safety in new spaces such as underground, skyscrapers, etc.
    • Development of deep-depth multi-level tunnel network-type ventilation and fire safety technologies
    • Development of fire response system for high pressure, long-distance underwater tunnels
    • Development of ventilation system for safe and pleasant urban underground spatial development
    • Development of air curtains, compressed air foam, and remote automatic extinguisher facility technologies
    • Research on fire impact of skyscrapers and deep-depth underground buildings
    • Research on system to prevent and control the spread of smoke in the evacuation routes of skyscrapers
  • Smart Building / Disaster Safety Integrated Management System (Smart-E2MS)
    • Development of open operating system to construct consumer-centered management system (Knowledge & Information Sharing System, KIS-System)
    • ICT-based building fire safety monitoring and response system research
    • Research on AR and VR-based disaster safety and energy integrated management systems
    • Development of opened O/S-based building and energy integrated management tools
    • Research on the construction of a safe and efficient urban disaster management and energy network
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