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Data for Room Fire Model Comparisons.


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Peacock, R. D.; Davis, S.; Babrauskas, V.

Journal of Research of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Vol. 96, No. 4, 411-462, August 1991.

Keywords:

accuracy assessment; data analysis; experiments; fire models; fire tests; instruments

Abstract:

With the development of models to predict fire growth and spread in buildings, there has been a concomitant evolution in the measurement and analysis of experimental data in real-scale fires. This report presents the types of analyses that can be used to examine large-scale room fire test data to prepare the data for comparison with zone-based fire models. Five sets of experimental data which can be used to test the limits of a typical two-zone fire model are detailed. A standard set of nomenclature describing the geometry of the building and the quantities measured in each experiment is presented. Availability of ancillary data (such as smaller-scale test results) is included. These descriptions, along with the data (available in computer-readable form) should allow comparisons between the experiment and model predictions. The base of experimental data ranges in complexity from one room tests with individual furniture items to a series of tests conducted in a multiple story hotel equipped with a zoned smoke control system.