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Combustion of Mattresses Exposed to Flaming Ignition Sources. Part 2. Bench-Scale Tests and Recommended Standard Test. Final Report.


pdf icon Combustion of Mattresses Exposed to Flaming Ignition Sources. Part 2. Bench-Scale Tests and Recommended Standard Test. Final Report. (4222 K)
Babrauskas, V.

NBSIR 80-2186; 82 p. February 1981.

Sponsor:

Consumer Product Safety Commission, Washington, DC

Available from:

National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB81-181919

Keywords:

bedding; compartment fires; health care facilities; heat release rate; hospitals; mattresses; prisons; smoke production

Abstract:

Ten mattress types were subjected to full-scale fire tests in the earlier part of this project. Burning behavior was determined and hazard was assessed by classifying into performance groups. In the present study bench-scale test procedures were examined for suitability for classifying mattress combustion behavior when exposed to flaming ignition sources. Several tests were examined, and a test protocol was developed based on two procedures enable the performance classification, as established by full-scale tests, to be reproduced by convenient laboratory tests. Details are given for conducting the required tests and illustrative performance of some two dozen samples is recorded.