Fires in tunnels

RISE works with a number of important tunnel projects. We conduct research on extinguishing systems and we participate in several tests of extinguishing systems in full scale.

Detection systems in tunnels become more and more important in tunnels and are also an important research area. We cooperate in a project where different detection systems are tested. We participate also in the Swedish reference group for implementation of the EU road tunnel directive in Sweden. RISE is also acting as a consultancy for different fire protection projects in underground constructions.

SP - Fire Research has participated  in the EU project L-Surf, Large Scale Underground Research Facility. Goal of the project is to develop collaboration within tunnel fire research in Europe. The project investigates the need and the possibilities to construct a European organisation and infrastructure for research and education within tunnel safety and security research. SP has also during the past years conducted research tasks within the area concrete and tunnels. These projects were sponsored by e.g. the Swedish Rail Administration (Banverket), The Swedish Concrete Association and Skanska Prefab.

Further information on tunnel safety and research.

Important Areas of activities

  • Modelling of tunnel fires
  • Fire investigations
  • Full scale fire tests in tunnels
  • Smoke extractions
  • Sprinkler in tunnels
  • Self Compacting concrete
  • Model scale tunnel tests with sprinklers
  • Model scale tests with sprinklers in trains
  • Fire in transport systems, see separate area

Projects within this area

The RISE institutes SP, Swedish ICT and Innventia are merging in order to create a unified institute sector and become a stronger innovation partner. At the beginning 2017 we changed our name to RISE.

Related Information


Fire in buildingsList of publications about tunnels

Contact Persons

Haukur Ingason

Phone: +46 10 516 51 97

Anders Lönnermark

Phone: +46 10 516 56 91

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Phone 010-516 50 00, E-mail

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