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Investigation of Exposure Protection Using Class A Foams.


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Josler, W. J.

Fire Research and Engineering, Second (2nd) International Conference. (ICFRE2). Proceedings. ABSTRACTS ONLY. National Institute of Standards and Technology and Society of Fire Protection Engineers. August 10-15, 1997, Gaithersburg, MD, Slaughter, K. C., Editor(s), 64-64 pp, 1997.

Keywords:

fire research; fire protection engineering; foam extinguishing systems; exposure; water; experiments; siding

Abstract:

[ABSTRACT ONLY] An exposure-protection study sponsored by the United States Fire Administration was conducted at the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Building and Fire Research Laboratory using water and four Class A firefighting agents. The Class A agents are surfactants, which reduce the surface tension of water. The study had two objectives: the first was to determine how effective the agents were, relative to water, at remaining on or in exterior siding mateials; the second was to determine if the additional mass of water remaining on or in the material, afforded by the agents, significantly increased the time to ignition.