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An innovative, fully automated, intelligent vehicle fire and smoke detection and extinguishing system for buses/coaches

Objective

Between 1999 and 2004, there was an average of 122 bus fires reported in Sweden alone, and that this equated to buses being 5 to 10 times more likely to catch fire than trucks. In addition, estimated unreported bus fires are 2/3 of reported incidents (~ 81 incidents). In the EU27 alone, there are an estimated 700,000 buses and coaches in use and about 35,000 buses sold annually – of these only 25% have some sort of fire protection systems.

The major drawback of existing systems is that they only react to a fire incident and cannot prevent its occurrence. Current vehicle fire detection and suppression systems also have following problems:
-They cannot determine the extent of the problem and locate the actual position of the problem and therefore a graduated response is not possible;
-They are incapable of giving early warning of potential problems such as electrical faults; and
-They are stand-alone systems, and are not integrated into the vehicle (Can-Bus) control system, with the result that fuel flow cannot be stopped in the event of a fire.

VULCAN will develop a fully automated, intelligent, fixed installation, vehicle fire and smoke detection and extinguishing system for buses and coaches. The system will comprise of heat and aspirating smoke detectors and a fire extinguishing system controlled by an intelligent response system embedded in the vehicle CAN-bus control system. The VULCAN project will help the European bus and coach operators to increase passenger safety and reduce bus fires by up to 25% through predictive detection.

The VULCAN project will focus on developing three important subsystems and components:
a) Vehicle smoke detection system
b) Optimal agent tank, nozzles and piping system design, and
c) Control system integrated with vehicle Can-Bus control system
Our calculations, based on 2,8% of EU and 0.7% of global market penetration, 5 years post project, show €48m additional sales and €13.5m profit for SMEPs involved with the project.

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2013
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Coordinator

DAFO BRAND AKTIEBOLAG
Address
Box 683
135 26 Tyreso
Sweden
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 519 910
Administrative Contact
Johan Balstad (Mr.)

Participants (7)

INRAY SOLUTIONS LTD
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 155 426
Address
Mladost 3 Complex Bl 302 Ent 4 Fl 1 Ap 47
1712 Sofia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Petar Gugutkov (Mr.)
P N R ITALIA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 132 445
Address
Via L Gandini 2
27058 Voghera Pv
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Federico Tonini (Mr.)
CLEANCARB SARL
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 260 444
Address
Rue Schmitz 2A
8190 Kopstal
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Dooley (Mr.)
OSAUHING EESTI INNOVATSIOONI INSTITUUT
Estonia
EU contribution
€ 25 299
Address
Sepapaja 6
11415 Tallinn
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Lauri Nirgi (Mr.)
NOVAMINA CENTAR INOVATIVNIH TEHNOLOGIJA DOO
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 7 560
Address
Jackovinsli Klanec 17
10000 Zagreb
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Jasmina Petrinović (Mrs.)
RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 15 474
Address
Brinellgatan 4
501 15 Boras
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jonas Brandt (Mr.)
VOLVO CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 39 442
Address
Brunnsta
631 85 Eskilstuna
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Per Björnberg (Mr.)