Combustion and Explosion Protection

Professor Rangwala is an extensively published and frequent speaker on combustion, industrial fire protection, and explosion protection. His PhD thesis on flame spread received the IAFSS (International Association of Fire Safety Science) in 2008. Among his potentially life-saving projects is the development of measurement and sensing devices designed to identify the presence, velocity, and flow direction of smoke. Tunnels, tall buildings, and underground transit systems will be safer once his new technology is deployed.

Current safety standards do not account for the full range of combustibility of materials found in industrial settings, nor do they provide for accurate measurement of hazardous dust accumulation… . Our research allows scientists to study combustibility in ways that will enable fire safety professionals to predict fire and explosion hazards. Our work on developing novel methods and techniques for measurement of fire-induced flows will aid in better understanding of the complex fire problem.

Ali Rangwala

Associate Professor