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Examination of the Correlation Between Cone Calorimeter Data and Full-Scale Furniture Mock-Up Fires.


pdf icon Examination of the Correlation Between Cone Calorimeter Data and Full-Scale Furniture Mock-Up Fires. (487 K)
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.

Keywords:

fire research; cone calorimeters; furniture; furniture calorimeters; heat release rate

Abstract:

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.