Fire test standard in the light of fire research

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ConferenceFire test performance: 02 February 1969, Denver, CO, USA
Pages8597; # of pages: 13
Subjectfire safety; fire tests; fire performance; building materials; standards; fire prevention; effect of moisture; failure in fire; fire endurance; fire load; fire research; fire severity; fire tests; restraint; speciment size; standards; temperature of failure; temperature measurement; test furance; test report; evaluation; tests; Fire
AbstractBecause of the inadequacy of the fire load concept and of the large subject area covered by ASTM Methods E 119, the results of standard fire tests do not represent either the times for which building elements actually withstand building fires, or "rating" values expressing the "fire endurance quality" of the various building elements on a unique scale. Several areas of the standard are discussed where fire research indicates the ned for urgent revisions. To achieve higher economy in design for fire endurance it will become necessary to replace the temperature-time curve by realistic heat flux-time relations characteristic of the specific conditions. For some decades to come progress in fire endurance research will be measured by progress in understanding the behavior of building materials at elevated temperatures.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
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NRC number11162
NPARC number20358492
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