WPI is internationally recognized for research on a wide range of fire science topics and for developing groundbreaking approaches for protecting people and property from the dangers of fire. WPI faculty, research, and student projects across Fire Protection Engineering and associated departments use these facilities for research and project work.
Like all other academic disciplines at WPI, fire protection engineering is a finely tuned blend of traditional classroom instruction and hands-on lab work. Working side-by-side in labs outfitted with state-of-the-art technology and using the advanced research and teaching methods, teams of faculty members and students tackle the most challenging questions in fire science of today and tomorrow.
Facilities and Laboratories
- Research in the WPI Combustion Laboratory focuses on fundamental combustion-related topics, such as the self-heating effects of coal, peat, organic, and inorganic dusts, and the burning velocity of flammable dus
- Experimentation in fire dynamics, combustion/ explosion phenomena, detection, and fire and explosion suppression are supported in the Fire Science Lab.
- Lab facilities at Gateway Park opened in May of 2013 and will support the leading-edge education and research of WPI’s world-renowned Fire Protection Engineering Program.