Examination of the Correlation Between Cone Calorimeter Data and Full-Scale Furniture Mock-Up Fires.
Examination of the Correlation Between Cone Calorimeter
Data and Full-Scale Furniture Mock-Up Fires.
Ohlemiller, T. J.
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
and Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE).
International Conference on Fire Research and
Engineering (ICFRE). Proceedings. September 10-15,
1995, Orlando, FL, SFPE, Boston, MA, Lund, D. P.;
Angell, E. A., Editor(s)(s), 217-222 pp, 1995.
fire research; cone calorimeters; furniture; furniture
calorimeters; heat release rate
Twenty-seven combinations of fabric, barrier and
polyurethane foam were tested in the form of full-scale
mock-ups in a furniture calorimeter in accord with the
California Technical Bulletin 133 protocol. These same
combinations were tested in triplicate in the Cone
Calorimeter at a flux of 35 kW/m2. The full scale data
typically revealed two peaks of heat release, the first
near the end of the gas burner igniter exposure and the
second, if it occurred, much later. The first peak
could not be well-correlated with average Cone rate of
heat release data. A more elaborate correlation,
suggested by dimensional analysis, and using more
parameters from the Cone tests is more successful,
particularly with charring fabrics. No correlations for
the second full-scale heat release peak have been
deduced thus far.