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Fire, Oil and Gas Laboratory

A well equipped modern Fire Engineering Laboratory facility comprising of fire equipment used by experienced academics available for research, teaching and training.

The laboratory work is broadly based to develop an understanding of the how a material behaves in a fire situation, which is a crucial step in reducing the horrifying losses caused by a fire. The Fire, Oil & Gas Laboratory includes specialist facilities for both fire safety engineering and fire chemistry in teaching and research.

The laboratory is fully equipped for a range of small to intermediate scale fire tests, backed by state of the art analytical and material characterisation facilities. A number of experiments ranging from investigation of fire retardants to the combustion properties of materials can be undertaken in the Fire, Oil & Gas Laboratory to allow the students to gain hands-on experience of British and European Standard test methods during a structured series of practical laboratory sessions.

The research by members of the Centre for Research in Fire and Hazard Science is incorporated into the Fire Courses via direct teaching in the lecture room and by laboratory sessions. This ensures that our courses continue to demonstrate a strong, well co-ordinated research link, which contributes strongly to the relevance and currency of their content and offer high quality, innovative and intellectually stimulating courses.

The fire programmes are also supported by access to the facilities at Washington Hall, the UK’s International Fire, Training and Development Centre. The facilities at Washington Hall include a number of fire grounds, flashover units, breathing apparatus units, sprinkler demonstration units, fire extinguisher areas, and a large fire house where a number of scenarios can be simulated.

Detailed Information

Kit List

  • Please contact us for a full and up-to-date kit and specification list of all equipment.


9.00am to 12.30pm and 1.30pm to 4.30pm.

Where possible and with prior arrangement, staff will work flexibly during the working day to accommodate specific support requirements which do not fit into the specified timetable.


The Fire, Oil and Gas Laboratory can be found in 313 of the Engineering Innovation Centre

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