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


pdf icon Full-Scale Room Fire Experiments Conducted at the University of Maryland. Test Report. (1269 K)
McGarry, A. J.; Milke, J. A.

NIST GCR 97-716; 26 p. March 1997.

Sponsor:

National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD

Available from:

National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB97-184022

Keywords:

room fires; experiments; compartment fires; fire investigations; fire research; flashover; gypsum board; large scale fire tests; measuring instruments; oxygen concentration; upholstered furniture

Abstract:

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.