FRA can provide a wide range of services to support the transportation industry including extensive project experience in tunnels. From simple models to complex dynamic models such as Pathfinder, FRA can leverage the tools to identify potential pinch points, effects of barriers, signage, and smoke to ensure that occupants in potentially unfamiliar surroundings can egress in a safe manner. Smoke movement and control modeling ensures that tunnel or station ventilation conditions are well understood and that fans and vents are located and sized correctly.
FRA maintains a fire and wet lab at its Rockville, MD office that is equipped with standard and specialized test apparatus including state of the art spray characterization, gas dispersion testing, and fire testing capabilities. We provide custom test design aimed at supporting specific client needs. Our staff is involved in the development of many codes and standards and sit on numerous technical committees for NFPA, SFPE, ASTM, and others. Our work with lithium-ion batteries and alternative fuel vehicles gives us tremendous insight into the burning behavior of EV’s and how modern vehicle construction and fuel loading can lead to changes in fire growth curves that are used as the basis for design fires.