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Public Access to Actual Data Files for Cone Calorimeter Tests of Wood Products

Snapshot : The cone calorimeter test is a fire test used internationally for research and development of new fire retardants and to provide input data to models for predicting the reaction of building materials to fire and the spread of a fire within a building. The primary output is the heat release rate due to combustion. The Forest Products Laboratory has widely used the test to evaluate wood products and has cited those test results in a number of publications.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Robert White 
Research Station : Forest Products Laboratory (FPL)
Year : 2010
Highlight ID : 157

Summary

The cone calorimeter test is a fire test used internationally for research and development of new fire retardants and to provide input data to models for predicting the reaction of building materials to fire and the spread of a fire within a building. The primary output is the heat release rate due to combustion. The Forest Products Laboratory has widely used the test to evaluate wood products and has cited those test results in a number of publications. The results of this test are various curves as a function of time. In reporting and comparing results, the curves are converted to single numerical results, such as the peak heat release rate or average effective heat of combustion. Since the use of the data is for research and fire modeling, actual data curves are needed if the data is to be used by an audience beyond the initial study. With support from industry, the Forest Products Laboratory has provided public internet access to actual test data files for all cone calorimeter tests of building products cited in FPL publications. The website includes links to original publications and means to search by wood product type and species. Continuation of this project will provide ongoing data for a wide range of wood products.

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