Intermediate-Scale Furnace: A New Fire Resistance Test Facility at the National Research Council Canada

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TypeTechnical Report
Series titleResearch Report, NRC Institute for Research in Construction; Volume 213
Physical description19 p.
SubjectWalls; Floors
AbstractA new non-standard intermediate-scale fire resistance test furnace facility was commissioned at the National Research Council of Canada to test reduce-scale building elements such as walls, floors, beams and slabs with and without applying load. This was developed to complement the long existing standard full-scale wall and floor furnace fire resistance test facilities at the National Research Council. This new furnace helps to reduce time and costs associated with testing building elements and it can be used to examine assembly design parameters prior to testing an assembly in a full-scale furnace. Although this non-standard furnace facility is not intended to replace tests in the full-scale furnaces, it can be used as an intermediate step to reduce the number of full-scale tests needed during the design and development phases of an assembly. This facility has also proven to be a very versatile tool in a several major NRC projects as it allows the researchers and clients to perform ? inexpensively and quickly ? parametric comparisons of building elements of different design parameters, identifying the most promising solutions, which can then be tested at full-scale to verify their acceptability. This furnace can be run using the time-temperature curves specified by the CAN/ULC-S101, ASTM E119 and ISO 834 standards or by using a custom designed time-temperature curve.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number17871
NPARC number20377352
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Record created2012-07-24
Record modified2016-10-03
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