About CONFAB 2021

The infrastructure of human civilisation is perennially under threat from natural and man-made hazards, of which fire and blast are among the most destructive and frequent. These hazards are often also interdependent, where one may lead to the other, particularly in industrial environments. It is the aim of this conference to provide an international forum to regularly bring together leading researchers in these fields along with leading practitioners in order to meet the following main objectives:

• Disseminate state-of-the-art knowledge and practice for dealing with both of these hazards either individually or collectively

• Provide a forum where students, researchers and practitioners in these fields may interact, network and learn from each other and promote best practice

• Researchers are afforded the opportunity of obtaining useful feedback on their research from their peers as well as from a strong contingent of leading practitioners in the field. Likewise industry participants will get the chance to inform researchers with the issues of greatest concern to them

• Over the long term it is expected that this conference will contribute in leading to a safer and more resilient built environment as well as enhanced safety in industrial environments, both on and off-shore.

Conference Themes

Characterisation of fire, blast and impact loading on structures
Behaviour of structural materials at high temperatures and highstrain rates, including performance of protective materials
Mechanics of material and structural damage, including the analysis of failure and collapse mechanisms 
Modelling and simulation, including coupled modelling methods
Design of structures for improved resilience
Strengthening, retrofit and repair 
Risk and uncertainty modelling as well as performance based engineering
Safety of high risk facilities such as nuclear power plants 
Applications of sensing, AI and big data in infrastructure safety
Examples of high-end design case studies in various industry sectors, both on and offshore
Material Behaviour of Timber Structures under Fire & Blast Loading
Design of Bridges for Fire & Blast Resistance (Including Cables & Other Appendages)
Effects of Fire & Blast on Steel Connections
Effects of Fire & Blast on Facades & Glass Assemblies
Competing Constraints in the Design Process
Multi-Hazard Assessment & Design


 

Organising Committee

Asif S Usmani
Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hong Kong
Yong Lu
The University of Edinburgh
UK
   
Purnendu Das
ASRANet Ltd
UK
Katherine Cashell
Brunel University London
UK

Industrial Advisory Board

Allan Jowsey PFP Specialists UK
Kees Both PROMAT UK
Neal Blennerhassett IKM Consulting UK
Danny Hopkin OFR Consultants UK
Holly Warren AkzoNobel UK
Jiayu Hu Mott MacDonald UK

International Advisory Committee

Daniel Alvear University of Cantabria Spain
Daniel Ambrosini National University of CUYO Argentina
Masuhiro Beppu National defense Academy Japan
Serge Bourbigot University of Lille France
George Boustras European University Cyprus
Ian Burgess University of Sheffield UK
Luke Busy University of Edinburgh UK
Ricky Carvel University of Edinburgh UK
Suwen Chen Tongji University China
Xudong Cheng University of Science & Technology of China China
Leon Chernin, University of Dundee UK
Demitrios Cotsovos Heriot Watt University UK
Wan-Ki Chow Hong Kong Polytichnic University Hong Kong
Charles Clifton University of Auckland New Zealand
Jim Davidson Auburn University USA
Dhionis Dhima CSTB France
Charles Fleischmann University of Canterbury New Zealand
Massimo Fragiacomo University of LAquila Italy
Jean-Mark Franssen University of Liege Belgium
Feng Fu City University of London UK
Thomas Gernay Johns Hopkins University USA
Marlair Guy INERIS France
John Adam Gales York University Canada
George Hadjisophocieous Carleton University Canada
Lin-Hai Han Tsinghua University China
Hong Hao Curtin University Australlia
Zhaohui Huang Brunel University UK
Khalifa Al-Jabri Sultan Qaboos University Oman
Eric Jacques Virginia Polytechnic Institute & State University USA
Anne Jeffers University of Michigan USA

International Advisory Committee

Panos Kostovinos Arup UK
Adam Krauski The Main School of Fire Service Poland
Qingming Li University of Manchester UK
Ruggiero Lovreglio Massey University New Zealand
Chrysanthos Maraveas University of Patras Greece
Margaret McNamee Lund University Sweden
Ali Nadjai University of Ulster UK
Amr Nasser Assiut University Egypt
Eulalia Planas UPC Spain
Muhammad Masood Rafi NED University Pakistan
Paulo Vila Real University of Aveiro Portugal
Guillermo Rein Imperial College London UK
Thomas Schulenberg Kalsruhe Instiute of Technology Germany
Umesh Sharma Indian Institute of Technology India
Mark Stewart The University of Newcastle Australia
Ming Tan Mott MacDonald UK
Ganesh Thiagarajan University of Missouri USA
Nicola Tondini University of Trento Italy
Jose Torero University College London UK
Dimitry Val Heriot-Watt University UK
Eric Williamson University of Texas USA
Subhash C Yaragal NITK India
Bensheng Zhang Glasgow Caledonian University UK

Key Deadlines

Deadline for abstracts March 8, 2021
Notification of Acceptance April 8, 2021
Submission of full papers Aug. 8, 2021
Registration Closes Aug. 15, 2021

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