For more than a century, UL has advanced Fire Safety with the goals of helping prevent fires, injury and loss of life and to minimize property damage. Advances in materials, design and construction techniques offer new benefits but also present new challenges and risks, making fire more dangerous today than in the past. UL continues to progress safety science across the increasingly complex Fire Safety ecosystem. We target prevention and detection by helping develop new technologies, processes and training. We also address reaction, containment and suppression by conducting large-scale live burn experiments and working with industry partners to maximize safety. In addition, we work closely with the firefighting community to monitor and analyze personal protective equipment with the goal of helping make firefighters safer, better equipped and more informed.
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recent research related to
helping firefighters more
effectively fight today's structure fires.
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Describes the live-fire experiments UL conducted to better understand fire behavior and to test innovative fire attack tactics that can help firefighters more safely and effectively fight modern structure fires.
Learn more about UL’s live burn experiments, computer modeling and statistical analysis — all reflecting Fire Safety challenges of today.
WIRELESS CHARGING OF ELECTRIC VEHICLES
UL pioneered a methodology for testing wireless EV chargers. Leveraging our technical expertise and advanced engineering capabilities, we created new computational modeling techniques to gauge safety, compatibility and efficiency.
ADVANCED COMPUTER MODELING
UL is using innovative techniques to understand and predict how materials behave. We focus on the behavior and structural response of steel fire doors and wood beams in a fire environment.
STATISTICALLY PREDICTING ELECTRICAL ARCING
UL engineers are using predictive modeling to help quantify risk and advance standards related to electrical arcing. We showcase a broad range of updates of arc-related research initiatives.
NEW DYNAMICS OF BASEMENT FIRES
Basement fires are among the most dangerous. UL plays a critical role in examining the hazards associated with various types of residential flooring systems to better understand this risk.
Learn more about the impact that new materials, construction techniques and emerging technologies have on Fire Safety today.
UL researchers have led the discovery around fire risks associated with PV panels, developing a standard for arc fault protection for PV systems and being among the first to specifically address fire service operational hazards.
UL scientists have identified the composition of today's smoke and its higher levels of toxicity. UL is working to understand the long-term health risks to firefighters from exposure to smoke particles in modern home and office fires.
UL scientists and researchers are helping define and develop safety tests that assess the propensity of a battery to experience a short circuit under certain abuse conditions.
MODERN RESIDENTIAL FIRES
UL determined that fires today are more dangerous and pose more risks than in the past. Fire propagation is faster, and time to flashover, escape times and collapse times are all shorter.
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