International Flame Research Foundation

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The International Flame Research Foundation – IFRF is a non-profit research association and network created in 1948[1][2] in IJmuiden (Netherlands), established in Livorno (Italy) between 2005[3] and 2016 (Fondazione Internazionale per la Ricerca Sulla Combustione – ONLUS), and in Sheffield (UK) since 2017[4]. Meredith Thring was one of the founders[5].

The IFRF Membership Network unites some 1000 combustion researchers from 130 industrial companies and academic institutions worldwide, around a common interest in efficient and environmentally responsible industrial combustion, with a focus on flame studies.


The IFRF can be traced to a proposal written in 1948 by Meredith Thring, head of the Physics Department in the newly formed British Iron and Steel Research Association (BISRA).[6] Entitled Proposals for the Establishment of an International Research Project on Luminous Radiation, the document resulted in the formation of the International Flame Radiation Research Committee with representatives of the steel, fuel and appliance making industries in France, Holland and England - specifically the British Iron and Steel Research Association (BISRA), the Iron and Steel Research Association of France (IRSID) and the Royal Dutch Iron and Steel Company (KNHS).[6]


The IFRF is the publisher of technical reports and regular publications:

Theses publications are freely available on-line.


The IFRF is organized in 8 national committee plus the Associate Member Group (AMG) where no national committee exists.


  • American Flame Research Committee - AFRC
  • British Flame Research Committee - BFRC
  • Finnish Flame Research Committee - FFRC
  • French Flame (Comité français) - CF
  • German Flame (Deutsche Vereinigung für Verbrennungsforschung e.V.) - DVV
  • Italian Flame (Comitato Italiano) - CI
  • Dutch Flame (Nederlandse Vereniging voor Vlamonderzoek) - NVV
  • Swedish Flame Research Committee - SFRC


The IFRF in managed by a Council and an Executive Committee.


From 1948 to 2005 the IFRF facilities were located in the CORUS R&D centre at IJmuiden (Netherlands). In 2005, the research station was relocated at ENEL facilities in Livorno (Italy), the measurement program was restarted November 27, 2006.[7] In 2015 a relocation of the IFRF headquarters process was initiated.[8] Leading to the designation of University of Sheffield and its PACT laboratory as the new IFRF location from 2017.[9]

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  1. ^ Stimulating Cooperative Research in Fossil Energy at Universities. National Research Council (U.S.). p. 48. 
  2. ^ Weber, Roman (1998). The spirit of Ijmuiden. Fifty years of the IFRF. 1948-1998. Ijmuiden: International Flame Research Foundation. p. 280. ISBN 90-801495-2-7. 
  3. ^ "International Flame Research Foundation (IFRF)" (PDF). Heat Processing – International Magazine for industrial Furnaces, Heat Treatment Plants, Equipment (5): 93. January 2014. ISSN 1611-616X. 
  4. ^ "Message from new IFRF Director, Philip Sharman". The Monday Night Mail. 9 January 2017. 
  5. ^ Rob ThringThe Independent, 30 September 2006
  6. ^ a b Weber, Roman (1998). Spirit of IJmuiden. IJmuiden: IFRF. pp. 15–29. ISBN 9080149527. 
  7. ^ "IFRF flame is back!!, article from the Monday Night Mail, November 27, 2006". 
  8. ^ "IFRF Director's Updates, Monday Night Mail, November 16, 2015". 
  9. ^ "IFRF Relocation". The Monday Night Mail. 2015-12-14. Retrieved 2015-12-17. 

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