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The objective for these new tests would be to enhance structural performance so that uncontrolled building fires result in burnout without partial or total collapse. In addition to the immediate needs in fire testing listed above, there will be a growing set of needs with advancements in technology and computational capability. As has been the case over the last decade or so, computer modeling has begun to influence the way that fire testing is conducted. 76,77 It is expected that this dialog will continue as fire test methods are honed to provide more accurate and usable results that are also applicable as input to predictive fire models.

S. Sections. Hosted by The Eastern States Section of the Combustion Institute and Drexel University. E3 - Fire research III/Paper E12. March 20-23, 2005, Philadelphia, PA, 1-6 pp, 2005. 37 toxicity that will allow for more accurate predictions of the toxic affects of fire gases on humans. Control of the pyrolysis and combustion toxicity of materials reduces the threat from one of the major contributors to the death of humans from fire. , alcohol, compressed natural gas, and hydrogen) and other new fuels that may be developed.

Major strides in heat release rate calorimetry were not made in North America until the early 1970s. Two efforts were underway at this time. One was led by E. E. Smith of Ohio State University and the second was led by W. J. Parker of the U. S. 60 Data from these two systems were gathered by strip chart recorders, and the heat release rates would be determined from the data following the test. The “Smith Calorimeter” progressed through the standards process and became ASTM E 906, Standard Test Method for Heat and Visible Smoke Release Rates for Materials and Products Using a Thermopile Method.

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