Fire Resistance Proficiency Testing of Gypsum/Steel-Stud Wall Assemblies.
Fire Resistance Proficiency Testing of Gypsum/Steel-Stud
Grosshandler, W. L.
Technical Memorandum of PWRI 4075;
Wind and Seismic Effects. U.S./Japan Natural Resources
Development Program (UJNR). Joint Meeting, 39th.
Technical Memorandum of PWRI 4075. Proceedings. May
14-16, 2007, Tsukuba, Japan, 334-344 pp, 2007.
wind effects; seismic design; gypsum; steels; fire
tests; fire resistance; walls; instruments; temperature;
furnances; wall temperature; fire resistance rating;
test methods; building construction; test facilities
This paper summarizes the results of a proficiency test
program conducted in 2006 by the North American Fire
Testing Laboratories (NAFTL) consortium.
Gypsum/steel-stud wall assemblies, nominally rated at
1-h, were tested by six different organizations
employing nine different furnace facilities following
the guidance provided in ASTM E119-00. The program was
completed successfully and forms the basis for future
programs aimed at testing additional structural
materials, elements, and systems subjected to fire test
standards referenced in building codes.