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Development of a Method for Assessing Toxic Hazard.


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Bukowski, R. W.

Canada-Japan-USA Trilateral Cooperative Study on Fire Gas Toxicity. 3rd Expert Meeting. October 23-25, 1984. Ottawa, Canada AND Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Research Laboratory. Passive Fire Protection Symposium. October 16-17, 1984. Washington, DC, 1985.

Fire Journal, Vol. 79, No. 2, 24-26, 28-29, 82, March 1985.

Keywords:

toxic hazards; fire models; fixed fire protection systems; occupants

Abstract:

The NBS toxic hazard assessment test model is available now, and is capable of measuring the toxic hazard of a single burning item in a specific building or section of a building consisting of several compartments on a single floor. In a year's time, this model should be capable of predicting the spread and involvement of a number of items in the room of origin. Some time later, it will be able to predict the spread of heat, gases, and smoke to several floors of a building, and within five years' time, it will include egress actions, the incapacitating and irritant effects of combustion products on occupants, and the impact of fixed fire protection systems. This model will provide a means of answering most of those "What if?" Questions we face all too frequently in the fire protection field.