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Workshop on Fire Testing Measurement Needs: Proceedings.

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Grosshandler, W. L.

NISTIR 6774; August 2001.

Workshop on Fire Testing Measurement Needs. Proceedings. June 18-19, 2001, Gaithersburg, MD, Grosshandler, W. L., Editor(s), 92 pp, 2001.

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fire tests; codes; regulations; manufacturing; certification


EACH PAPER IS TREATED LIKE A SEPARATE DOCUMENT AND MAY BE VIEWED AND/OR DOWNLOADED THAT WAY This report describes the proceedings of a workshop held on June 18 and 19, 2001, at NIST in Gaithersburg to identify where science and technology can better prepare fire testing laboratories and their customers to meet these challenges. Topics that were covered include the following: most common and significant fire test methods (by frequency of performance and/or economic impact); uncertainty limits and calibration practices; laboratory accreditation; incorporating new measurement techniques into old test protocols; the role of numerical simulation in interpreting/displaying results; implications of global markets; and needs of code officials and manufacturers of regulated materials and products. Speakers represented codes and standards organizations, regulators and authorities having jurisdiction, laboratory accrediting bodies, laboratories engaged in best practices, materials and products manufacturers, large commercial fire testing organizations, and small commercial fire testing organizations. Major issues of concern to fire testing laboratories and their customers were prioritized. Although the concerns of these different interest groups were not fully congruent, three pathways forward were proposed: Develop a rational means to quantify uncertainty that is relevant to fire testing. Explore alternative mechanisms for accrediting fire testing laboratories that are consistent with the North American business model, and that lead to acceptance by international markets of the products certified by North American testing organizations. Invest in research to better relate the behavior of products measured during standard testing to their performance in realistic fire scenarios, and vice versa.

Selected Papers

Snell, J. E. Introduction.
Grosshandler, W. L. Codes and Regulations.
Beitel, J. J. NASFEM's Mission.
Bliss, D. United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Stadnik, A. NES: A Perspective on Fire Testing.
Bowman, D. Armstrong World Industries: Application of Fire Tests
Fritz, T. W. Test Laboratories: A Manufacturer's Viewpoint.
Beitel, J. J. Enhancing Public Health and Safety Through Quality Testing and Engineering. Laboratory Certification and Accrediation.
Cassedy, J. W. International Conference of Building Officials.
Ramani, C. Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTLs).
Klouse, K. Product Safety Certification.
Gillerman, G. American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA).
Unger, P. Measurement of Uncertainties.
Wenzel, A. Fire Testing Measurements.
Pabich, M. Fire Testing Measurement Needs.
deRis, J. L. Improved Real-Scale Fire Measurements Having Meaningful Uncertainty Limits.
Pitts, W. M. European Group of Official Laboratories for Fire Testing (EGOLF).
Murrell, J. Implications of Globalization on U.S. Fire Testing.
Gann, R. G. Advanced Measurements and Predictive Methods.
Hamins, A.; McGrattan, K. B. Workshop on Fire Testing Measurement Needs.
Janssens, M. L. Red Team Notes From Fire Test Lab Workshop, June 19, 2001.
Gann, R. G. Yellow Rules.
Mowrer, F. W.