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Project Summaries 1998: NIST Building and Fire Research Laboratory.

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Raufaste, N. J., Jr.

NISTIR 6203; 240 p. July 1998.

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building research; building technology; applied economics; fire safety; fire science; materials engineering; mechanical engineering; environmental engineering; structural engineering


The National Institute of Standards and Technology's (NIST), Building and Fire Research Laboratory (BFRL) is one of NIST's seven laboratories. The mission of BFRL is to enhance the competiteness of U.S. industry and public safety by developing performance prediction methods, measurement technologies, and technical advances needed to assure the life cycle quality and economy of constructed facilities. Constructed facilities include all buildings and their furnishings and the public and private utilities and public works that support business, commerce, industry, and homes. BFRL's efforts are closely coordinated with complementary activities of industry, professional and trade organizations, academe, and other agencies of government. The vision for BFRL, the structure of its technical programs, and the determination and timing of its technical products are based on analyses of industry needs and BFRL's own unique resources and capabilities. This report summarizes BFRL's research for 1998. The report is arranged by its research programs: structural engineering, materials engineering, mechanical and environmental systems, fire safety and engineering, fire science, and applied economics. Each summary lists the project title, the BFRL point of contact, sponsor, research, and recent results.