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Call for Trainees for the Science and Technology Training Course on Design and Evaluation Methods of Fire Safety Engineering Materials
Date: 2023-05-16   Author: SKLFS   Source: SKLFS

1.      Background and Objectives

Fire safety engineering materials include flame retardant materials, heat insulation materials, fire warning materials, fire extinguishing materials, emergency disposal materials, repair materials, and more. They involve numerous fields related to national security and people’s welfare. The research on their preparation and processing, structure and performance, testing methods, and testing standards holds significant scientific importance and practical value.

Public safety science and technology is an important area of national scientific and technological development strategy. Research on fire safety engineering materials is an indispensable and integral part of the public safety science and technology field. It plays a crucial role in preventing and reducing fire hazards, protecting people’s lives and properties, and maintaining national public safety.

The theme of this training program is to provide the research findings of fire safety engineering materials to scholars engaged in public safety and materials science research in developing countries. The topic covered include the design, preparation and characterization methods of fire safety engineering materials, evaluation standards and testing methods for the combustion performance and smoke toxicity of fire safety engineering materials. It also includes environmental-friendly emergency response and key repair materials, green and efficient key fire extinguishing materials, as well as research on smoke suppression and toxicity reduction related fire safety engineering materials.

The purpose of this program is to cultivate scientific and technological talents in developing countries along the Belt and Road initiative who has long cooperation relationship with China. It aims to introduce China’s fire safety engineering materials and technologies to these developing countries, to further expand and strengthen the scientific and technological cooperation and exchange between China and these developing countries. This collaboration will foster mutual learning and contribute to the overall scientific and technological development of both China and the participating developing countries along the Belt and Road initiative. 

2.      Contents

The program adopts a combination of lectures, experiments, symposiums, visits and other training methods. The main training content includes: 

2.1. Lectures

l  Basic theory of fire (combustion) dynamics;

l  Evaluation standards and testing methods for material combustion properties and smoke toxicity;

l  Design and application of new fire-safe materials (basic principles of flame retardancy, typical flame retardants, flame retardancy and processing technology of materials, fire-safe design of polymer nanocomposites based on multi-component hybrid systems, fire characteristics and safety design of building exterior insulation materials, advances in lithium-ion battery safety technologies);

l  Green and efficient key materials and technologies for fire suppression;

l  Environmental-friendly key materials and technologies for emergency disposal and repair. 

2.2. Experimental courses

Experimental courses include the oxygen index test, cone calorimeter test, smoke toxicity and other material combustion performance test, as well as training in polymer material processing technology. Those courses aim to improve the technical abilities of trainees in the preparation, processing, and performance testing of fire safety engineering materials. 

2.3. Symposiums

Discussions and free exchanges with lecture experts, students in the SKLFS, and among trainees will allow for consultation and discussion of scientific issues related to fire safety engineering materials. 

2.4. Visiting activities

Visits to the State Key Laboratory of Fire Science of the University of Science and Technology of China and other research institutions will provide participants with a comprehensive understanding of the development and progress of research in fire, public safety, and materials science in China.

3.      Tentative Agenda

The tentative agenda of training course, provisionally planned to be held from October 22 - November 4, 2023 in Hefei, Anhui, China, is as follows:




Day 1


Registration   and accommodation arrangements

Day 2


1. Opening ceremony

2. Presentation: Introduction to SKLFS and   the latest research finding of the fire chemistry group


Lecture: Thermal   Degradation, Combustion and Flame-Retardant Principles of Polymer Materials

Day 3


Lecture: Evaluation Standards   and Testing Methods for Combustion Properties and Smoke Toxicity of Polymer   Materials


Experimental Courses:   Safety   training in Laboratory and visits to SKLFS

Day 4


Lecture: Green and Efficient Key   Materials and Technologies for Fire Extinguishing


Lecture: Intumescent   flame retardants and their applications

Day 5


Lecture: Fire-Safe Design of Polymeric Nanocomposites Based   on Multicomponent Hybrid Systems


Experimental Courses: Testing   Methods for Combustion Properties of Materials – Ignition and   Self-Extinguishing Test (Oxygen Index Test)

Day 6


Lecture: Flame   Retardant and Preparation Technology of Materials - Microencapsulation   Technology


Lecture: Synthesis of   Novel Flame Retardants and Principles of Flame-Retardant Coatings



Lecture: Key Materials   and Technologies for Environmental- Friendly Emergency Disposal and Repair


Experimental Courses: Processing   Technology of Flame-Retardant Polymer Materials (Melt Blending, Compression   Molding, etc.)

Day 8


Visiting: Visit Anhui   Provincial Museum

Day 9


Lecture: Key Materials   and Technologies for Early Fire Detection and Warning


Lecture: Preparation and   Performance Study of Flame-Retardant Polystyrene Composites

Day 10


Lecture: Study of Combustion   Toxicity of Polymeric Materials and their Smoke and Toxicity Suppression


Experimental Courses: Testing   Methods for Combustion Properties of Materials - Flame Propagation Properties   and Testing (Horizontal and Vertical Combustion Chamber)

Day 11


Lecture:Advances in Lithium-ion Battery Safety Technologies


Visiting: Visit the   Institute of Advanced Technology of the University of Science and Technology   of China and the Hefei Institute of Public Safety of Tsinghua University

Day 12


Lecture: Fire   Characteristics and Safe Design of Building Exterior Insulation Materials


Experimental Courses:   Testing   Methods for Combustion Properties of Materials - Heat Release Rate and   Testing, Flame Penetration and Testing (Cone Calorimetry)

Day 13


Lecture: Preparation   Methods, Structures and Mechanisms of Graphene and its Typical Polymer   Nanocomposites


Experimental Courses: Testing   Methods for Combustion Properties of Materials - Smoke Density and Testing,   Toxicity and Corrosive Gas Testing (SSTF)

Day 14


Course Training   Summary, Closing Ceremony, Issuance of Training Certificates


Farewell   Banquet

Day 1 14


Self-Study for   Trainees or Free Communication among Trainees

4.      Fees

There is no training fee. Accommodation, food, and travel expenses (economy class by air, limited to RMB 10, 000) will be provided by the organizer. 

5.      Eligibility Criteria

l  Enrollment regionsScholars and researchers from the Belt and Road countries.

l  Education background: Self-motivated young scientists/engineers with more than 2 years of working experience in the field of Safety Science and Engineering or Material Science and Engineering.

l  Age limit: Not more than 40 years.

l  Language requirements: Proficiency in English.

6.      Application Documents

l  Letter of recommendation from the head of your department.

l  A Cover letter stating the reason for the training application.

l  Provide a health certificate or medical examination form issued by a public hospital in your country.

l  Application form (attached).

l  Curriculum Vitae.

l  Recent 2-inch full- faced and bareheaded electronic photo.

l  Electronic copy of passport and previous Chinese visa (if available).

7.      Important Dates

Application Deadline: August 26, 2023 (Please send the application documents to the E-mail address: sttc@ustc.edu.cn).

Notification of acceptance will be sent via email by August 31, 2023. 

8.      Organizers

State Key Laboratory of Fire Science (SKLFS), University of Science and Technology of China (USTC) 

9.      Sponsors

Bureau of International Cooperation, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

10.  Contact Information

Dr. Wenru Zeng

State Key Laboratory of Fire Science (SKLFS)     

University of Science and Technology of China (USTC)

Jinzhai 96, Hefei 230026, Anhui, P. R. China



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