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2nd Summer School on Fire Dynamics Modeling 2019

Group Photo Summer SchoolParticipants, lecturers and organisers of the previous summer school in 2017.

Over the last decades the demand for the modelling of fire dynamics grew significantly and the increasing complexity of the models makes them less accessible. This summer school aims to help fire safety engineers and scientists to gain a deeper understanding of the underlying theory and algorithms of fire modelling. Detailed theoretical discussions on the fundamental models are provided by some of the model developers themselves. The theoretical parts are then accompanied by practical exercises, mostly based on the Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS). Besides the presentation of the models, scientific pre- and post-processing, with the publicly available programming language Python, is demonstrated. The participants have the possibility to use the JURECA supercomputer for the exercises during the summer school. Furthermore, discussion of validation methods completes the curriculum.

This school not only targets learning more about the underlying numerical models in common fire simulation software, like FDS, but also enables the participants to get in touch with other users as well as model developers. Since special emphasis is put on scientific work, the participants should have at least a Master’s degree in a suitable topic and a sound background in mathematics.


  • Date: 13. – 17. May 2019
  • Venue: Forschungszentrum Jülich (Germany), Institute for Advanced Simulation / Civil Safety Research
  • Lecures and exercises take place at the JSC
  • The school's language is english
  • The school will be free of charge for the participants from academia and industry and their number is limited to approximately 30 persons.
  • Travel and accommodation costs have to be covered by the participants themselves.

Webpage of last (2017) summer school: Link

Lecturers and Schedule

Lecturer team:

  • Simo Hostikka
  • Bjarne Husted
  • Susanne Kilian
  • Randall McDermott
  • Marcos Vanella
  • Lukas Arnold
Monday, 13.05.2019
Morning (11:00 – 12:30)Arrival and Registration of Participants
Lunch (12:30 – 13:30)Lunch together
Afternoon (13:30 – 15:00)Welcome / History of Fire Modeling and FDS
Afternoon (15:30 – 17:00)Getting Started with FDS and Python
Tuesday, 14.05.2019
Morning (09:00 – 10:30)Computational Fluid Dynamics
Morning (11:00 – 12:30)Computational Fluid Dynamics
Afternoon (13:30 – 15:00)Low-Mach Flows and Pressure Solver
Afternoon (15:30 – 17:00)Low-Mach Flows and Pressure Solver
Social Event on Tuesday, 14.05.2019
Evening (19:00)Joint Dinner in Aachen
Wednesday, 15.05.2019
Morning (09:00 – 10:30)Turbulence
Morning (10:45 – 12:15)Turbulence
Afternoon (13:15 – 14:45)Thermal Radiation
Afternoon (15:00 – 16:30)Thermal Radiation
Social Events on Wednesday, 15.05.2019
Evening (19:00 - 20:30)Aachen City Tour
Thursday, 16.05.2019
Morning (09:00 – 10:30)Pyrolysis
Morning (11:00 – 12:30)Pyrolysis
Afternoon (13:30 – 15:00)Combustion
Afternoon (15:30 – 17:00)Combustion
Friday, 17.05.2019
Morning (09:00 – 10:30)Unstructured Geometries
Morning (11:00 – 12:30)Unstructured Geometries
Lunch (12:30 – 13:30)Lunch together
Departure after lunch

Bus Transfer

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please bring an identity document (ID) with you in order to register for a guest access card at the main entrance.

The bus shuttle service from Aachen to Jülich is organized according to the following schedule. This is a private shuttle, which we have orgnized and it is free for all participants of the summer school. The address of the meeting point is Sandkaulstraße 2, 52062 Aachen, or if you prefer geographic coordinates: (50.778638, 6.088743). Also, see this map. Please note that there will be no shuttle transfer from JSC to Aachen on Friday afternoon.

Aachen to JSCJSC to Aachen
Monday, 13.05.201910:0017:15
Tuesday, 14.05.201908:0017:15
Wednesday, 15.05.201908:0017:15
Thursday, 16.05.201908:0017:15
Friday, 17.05.201908:00-

Accomodation Options

The lectures will take place in the Forschungszentrum Jülich. Aachen is a historical city close to Jülich. Since Aachen is supposed to be more interesting for cultural things and social activities, we suggest to find an accomodation here. To get an impression of the city, have a look at the Aachen city map.

We organized a daily bus service from Aachen to Jülich and back. The bus will leave at a central meeting point in Aachen. Therefore, we advise you to look for a hotel within walking distance to the meeting point. In the following, you can find some hotel recommodations close to the meeting point:

Contact for further information

Fire Dynamics Group at Jülich: