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Flammability of Upholstered Furniture.

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Ohlemiller, T. J.

NISTIR 6030; June 1997.

U.S./Japan Government Cooperative Program on Natural Resources (UJNR). Fire Research and Safety. 13th Joint Panel Meeting. Volume 2. March 13-20, 1996, Gaithersburg, MD, Beall, K. A., Editor(s), 215-223 pp, 1997.

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National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB97-184204


fire safety; fire research; upholstered furniture; flammability; high rise buildings


Upholstered furniture flammability is both an ignitability and a heat release rate issue. Limited work on ignitability has been done recently. The major focus in three recent studies is the intensity of burning which follows exposure to a source strong enough to assure ignition. No adequate model of the post-ignition fire growth process exists. Examination of the attempts to correlate Cone Calorimeter data with full-scale heat release rate shows mixed results. Reasonably good correlations have been obtained but it is not clear that they have broad applicability and thus clear usefulness in designing furniture with known fire performance.