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Full-Scale Room Fire Experiments Conducted at the University of Maryland.


pdf icon Full-Scale Room Fire Experiments Conducted at the University of Maryland. (3828 K)
Milke, J. A.; Hill, S. M.

NIST GCR 96-703; 32 p. October 1996.

Sponsor:

National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD

Available from:

National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB97-116081

Keywords:

fire markings; fire research; full scale burn; ignition; bedrooms; experiments

Abstract:

Two full size furnished bedrooms were burned, June 5 and June 6, at the University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute Facilities. These burns were performed for two cooperating agencies: The Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Agency of the Treasury Department, who used them as part of their Certified Fire Investigator training, and the Building and Fire Research Laboratory of NIST, who used them for forensic research. It was intended that these two burns be identical, to see if close analysis of the results would find differences. There were differences, possibly due to small differences in the inflow of ventilation air. In both cases, ignition was caused by burning newspaper on an upholstered chair. This report describes the test arrangement and instrumented results.