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Ignis and the University of Stellenbosch: Advancing fire safety through research and partnership 


At Ignis, we are committed to advancing fire safety standards through rigorous research and testing. Our partnership with the University of Stellenbosch, particularly with the Department of Fire Engineering, underscores our dedication to academic excellence and innovative solutions in the field of fire safety. 


Research and Development at Ignis

Ignis serves as a critical research hub for students pursuing advanced degrees in fire safety and engineering. Our state-of-the-art facilities have hosted numerous thesis projects, contributing significantly to the academic and practical understanding of fire dynamics, materials’ behaviour under fire conditions, and fire safety engineering. Furthermore, owner Dirk Streicher serves as an extraordinary faculty member of the University of Stellenbosch. This contribution to fire engineering research and development comes at a time when few tertiary institutions offer training in this field that is so crucial to public safety. 

Below is a list of students who have done their research in collaboration with Ignis.

PhD Students:

  • Jaleel Claasen - Thesis
  • Marika du Plessis - Thesis
  • Anene Oguaka – Thesis to be online soon
  • Fourie Wiid – Ongoing
  • Yohannes Shewalul - Ongoing
  • Darren Sulon – Ongoing
  • Courtney Devine - Ongoing


MEng Students:

  • Ayanda Mathenjwa (Forestry Dept)
  • Palesa Mnanzana (Central University of Technology)
  • Michelle Gous - Thesis
  • Zara Sander - Thesis
  • Marcus Human - Ongoing
  • Morne van Biljoen - Thesis
  • Junior Fourie - Thesis
  • Ryno van Wyk - Thesis
  • Tumi Kunutu (data based on testing done by Antonio Cicione at Ignis)


Undergraduate research dissertations:

  • Fanie van der Westhuyzen
  • Zara Vermeulen
Ignis Testing safety equipment

In addition to these listed students, many others have conducted parts of their research with the involvement of Ignis, significantly extending our academic contributions.

Scholarly contributions

Our collaboration with the University of Stellenbosch has also resulted in significant academic publications where Ignis has co-authored. These papers highlight our role in advancing fire safety research and our commitment to sharing knowledge with the broader scientific community.

Innovative Research Facilities

Our facilities at Ignis are equipped to support a wide range of experimental research. Notable projects include:

  • CFD Modelling of Ignis Furnaces by Morne van Biljoen, which provides impressive visualisations and detailed analysis of fire dynamics.
  • Large Scale Testing in Specialized Furnaces by Jaleel Claasen, demonstrating our capability to conduct extensive and complex fire tests.

These projects not only contribute to academic knowledge but also provide valuable insights and practical solutions for enhancing fire safety in various materials and structures.

Ignis Testing office

Partnering for a Safer Future

A demonstration at Ignis Testing

Through our partnership with the University of Stellenbosch, Ignis Fire Testing remains at the forefront of fire safety research and testing. We are proud to support the next generation of engineers and researchers in their quest to develop innovative fire safety solutions. Our collaborative efforts ensure that we continue to push the boundaries of fire safety science, contributing to safer buildings and structures for the future.

For more information about our services, ongoing projects, and research collaborations: Please contact us directly.

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