A History of Fire Testing by J. Randall Lawson

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These technological demands have resulted in the development of a smoke test method that can, in addition to measuring specific optical density, measure the mass optical density of smoke produced by burning materials. Much of the original work on the development of this test method was done in Europe and was adopted by North American researchers. This test apparatus took advantage of increased knowledge and technological advancements in its design and construction. 50 As mentioned in the standard’s title, the apparatus employs a conical thermal radiation source, and additionally, it has a load cell for measuring mass loss rate.

Skylab Experiment M479 Zero Gravity Flammability. Proceedings of the 3rd Space Processing Symposium on Skylab Results. Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, AL, Vol. 1 June 1974, pp. 115-130. (post flight) 80 Ross, Howard D. (Editor) , “Microgravity Combustion, Fire in Free Fall,” Academic Press, New York, 2001. 39 best of human needs. At this point in time, human life will be radically different. If you really want to conduct a fire test on a material, the intelligent machine will provide live action virtual images of the requested fire test with its time based outcome calculated from accurate physics and chemistry based computer codes.

31 Figure 6 First O2 Consumption Calorimeters, Furniture Calorimeter (left) & Cone Calorimeter (right) Oxygen consumption calorimetry may be recognized as one of the most important developments in fire testing. It has provided a tool to help measure fire behavior at the two extremes of fire testing, bench-scale and large-scale levels. 68 (Figure 6) The utility and performance of the “NBS Furniture Calorimeter” was demonstrated by Lawson, Walton and Twilley in a report that described the evaluation of 23 different interior furnishings, 67 Babrauskas, Vytenis; Lawson, J.

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