Simulation for Fire Safety

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Dr. Susanne Killian of fire safety engineering firm hhpberlin.

Dr. Susanne Killian uses supercomputing resources at HLRS to develop models of fires, helping to design safer buildings.

In a new interview on the website of SICOS BW (interview in German), Dr. Susanne Killian of engineering firm hhpberlin discusses how she uses HLRS’s high-performance computing power and know-how to design her projects more effectively.

Trained as a computational scientist, Dr. Killian has run simulations on HLRS’s Hawk supercomputer to better understand how to minimize danger from fires in buildings. In order to determine whether a building meets legal requirements for fire protection, she has developed and applies software called the Fire Dynamic Simulator, which models the spread of fire and smoke. Complex algorithms running on Hawk make it possible to fight fires before they break out, producing reliable predictions of how fires might arise and spread, and identifying strategies to prevent or extinguish them most effectively.

In the interview, Dr. Killian explains why simulation is important for her work and reflects on how HLRS supports industry, including small and medium sized enterprises.