Full-Scale Room Fire Experiments Conducted at the University of Maryland. Test Report.
Full-Scale Room Fire Experiments Conducted at the
University of Maryland. Test Report.
McGarry, A. J.; Milke, J. A.
NIST GCR 97-716; 26 p. March 1997.
Sponsor:National Institute of Standards and Technology,
Available from: National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB97-184022
room fires; experiments; compartment fires; fire
investigations; fire research; flashover; gypsum board;
large scale fire tests; measuring instruments; oxygen
concentration; upholstered furniture
Two full-size furnished bedrooms were burned, September
19, at the University of Maryland Fire Rescue Institute
Facilities. The 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,a nd the
Building and Fire Research Laboratory of the National
Institute of Standards and Technology, 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. Some differences were noticed
possibly due to small differences in the inflow of
ventilation air. In both cases, ignition of a gasoline
spill next to an upholstered chair was used to initiate
the fire. This report describes the test arrangement
and instrumented results.