The countries in the Asia-Pacific (AP) region not only share the coast of the Pacific Ocean, but a growing economic and social interdependence. It is likely that during this century there will be a shift from an Atlantic-centered world economy to a more distributed system where the Pacific Rim countries will play a leading role, and at the same time their societies will transition to development. The interest of AP academic institutions in fire research is no coincidence. On the one hand, the vegetation of Mediterranean climatic areas of Australia, California and central Chile has long been cited as a classic example of convergence, and native species in these countries offer similar conditions for wildland fires. On the other hand, the emergence of mega-cities along the Pacific Rim has led to unsolved challenges associated to fires in high-rise buildings. The bonds between researchers in the AP are becoming stronger, and long-standing collaboration addressing different topics related to combustion and fires is growing. A significant obstacle for the advancement of fire safety is the lack of fundamental knowledge of the physical and chemical processes that control fire dynamics. Combustion is at the core of the problem, and unfortunately the number of trained professionals working on different aspects of combustion is insufficient to cover all the needs and challenges faced by the AP economies. Within this context, the training of the next generation of fire safety scientists and practitioners based on a strong fundamental understanding of combustion will be key to overcoming these hurdles.
The main goal of the 1st Asia-Pacific Combustion Institute Summer School — Fundamental Combustion Problems in Fires (APCISS-1) is to introduce the South American combustion and fire safety community to fundamental combustion problems applied to outdoor and structural fires. To do this we propose to carry out, for the first time, a Combustion Institute Summer School in fire research which will be open to graduate students, academics and practicing engineers. Furthermore, we expect this school to contribute to create and reinforce the collaboration bonds between different academic institutions and research groups in the Asia Pacific and South America. The school will have a theoretical track and a practical track. The theoretical track will consist of an introduction of fundamental combustion aspects applied to fires, to be delivered by leading academics from institutions from around the world, including Prof. Forman Williams, Prof. Michael Modest, Prof. Marcus Aldén, Prof. Fernandez-Pello, Prof. Assaad Masri, Prof. José Torero, and Prof. Guillermo Rein. The practical track will consist of lectures where applied fire safety topics will be delivered by leading scientists and practitioners, and of a workshop where the students will be asked to apply some of the knowledge covered in the lectures to alternatively carry out fire modeling or laser-based diagnostics in flammability tests. The participating scientists in the practical track include Prof. James Quintiere, Prof. Arnaud Trouvé, Dr. Franco Tamanini, Dr. Fengshan Liu, Prof. Bart Merci, Prof. Albert Simeoni, and Dr. Chris Lautenberger.
For more information please see the preliminary program