Member Only Innovation Webinars

A Member Only Benefit

The member only webinars with Professional Development Hours (PDH) credits: an exclusive series of online technical webinars focused on helping SFPE members strengthen professional skills and stay on top of industry trends. Professional expert speakers will lead the webinars, highlighting top technical content that is essential for keeping your skills up to par.

Earn Continuing EducationProfessional Development Hours (PDHs) are only granted to individuals who attend the live webinar and are logged in for 50 minutes longer.

Archived Webinars

Recordings of previous webinars are available to members here.


Tuesday, December 12, 2017 10:00 am Eastern Time (-05:00 GMT)

The SFPE 2018-2020 Strategic Plan

Presented by Paul Rivers, PE, FSFPE, 2017 SFPE President

During the Board of Directors meeting in October in Montreal, the SFPE Board of Directors approved the new SFPE 2018-2020 Strategic Plan, which focuses on providing state-of-the-art and practice-focused technical information, training and support for the FPE/FSE professional. The plan is comprised of four goals:

  1. Advocate for profession.
  2. Serve the education needs across the lifespan of the FPE/FSE professional’s career.
  3. Be the trusted resource for the FPE/FSE profession.
  4. Establish the Society as a global organization – including our chapters and member communities – that meets the profession’s needs and our vision, mission and strategic goals.

Monday, December 18, 2017 11:00 am Eastern Time (-05:00 GMT)

Modeling Gas Release from Lithium-Ion Batteries during Thermal Runaway Using FDS

Presented by Gerard Back (Jerry), CFEI, CVFI, Senior Fire Protection Engineer, Jensen Hughes

The results of an extensive full-scale lithium-ion battery thermal runaway tests series was used to generate input data for the Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) model, and to calibrate and verify the accuracy of the model predictions. The FDS model was found to be able to accurately predict the internal temperature rise as well as the external skin temperature of the Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) caused by the hot gas released during a thermal runaway reaction. Additionally, the FDS model predicted that the adjacent battery modules inside the UUV would not reach thermal runaway, agreeing with the test results.

Using the predictive abilities of the FDS model, additional battery configurations were evaluated to determine the level of fire hazard. Due to the high cost of the batteries and the UUV hardware it was not possible to perform these tests at full scale, but the FDS model simulations provide insight into the extent of the thermal runaway reactions in larger battery configurations. FDS was also used to assess the effectiveness and optimize the design of different ventilation system configurations installed in the UUV storage/shipping container.


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