UL- Jain fire laboratory is a fire assessment unit which has been set-up as a testing laboratory, in collaboration with Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a premier global safety science company. This laboratory at Jain Global Campus assists its customers in India and abroad for testing various fire protection products. The facility also has uniquely designed fire safety educational programs to support research and development activities. The test facility will be accredited to comply with ISO/IEC 17025 requirements.
Initially, the test product categories will include foam concentrates, foam equipments, fire extinguishers and other fire suppression products. UL is the technical partner contributing the testing fundamentals, training, equipment and certification. UL will further facilitate yearlong training and certification programs, both web based and offline along with workshops for industry, academia and government agencies.
A fire testing facility of 4 m x 4 m size is constructed at Jain Global Campus for Bhabha Atomic Research Center to carry out regulatory open pool fire tests in a 100 m x 100 m open area. For conducting the fire tests in a capacity with minimum wind effects, a porous screen was employed to obtain necessary fully engulfed fire conditions for entire fire duration. Energy absorbed by large objects is determined to enable appropriate test furnace qualification. Additionally, test specimen surface temperatures are thermally mapped. Fire performance of PUF over packs and lead casks is evaluated as per the global standards such as 10CFR71. The facility has been hailed as an achievement by Director BARC during his 2015 Founder’s Day address.
Fine instrumentation such as thermocouple rakes and water submerged pressure transducer have also been installed with the purpose of recording fuel bed regression rates during pool fire experiments. Dynamic mass loss of PUF overpacks was also recorded.
Two configurations namely, Improved Ejector Induced Gasification Stove and Enhanced Hybrid Ejector Reverse downdraft Stove and a large Dosa Tawa with uniform temperature distribution are being developed.
These technologies are transferred, patent pending, to First Energy Private Limited, an alternative energy company in Pune. The motive is to revolutionize heating and cooking methods through sustainable means. Stoves manufactured using these technologies are commercialized and are functioning across India. Also, testing of a household stove is being supported for feast foundation.