Prediction of Upholstered Chair Heat Release Rates from Bench-Scale Measurements

    Published: Jan 1985

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    In an earlier study a full-scale furniture calorimeter was used to determine the heat release rates for upholstered chairs containing various construction materials. Samples of these same material combinations have now been tested in a bench-scale apparatus, the cone calorimeter. A correlation was established between bench-scale and full-scale data. Thus, it appears that prediction of flashover potential of a single upholstered item may be possible by using bench-scale results.


    chairs, cone calorimeter, flammability tests, furniture calorimeter, rate of heat release, upholstered furniture

    Author Information:

    Babrauskas, V
    National Bureau of Standards, Gaithersburg, MD

    Krasny, JF
    National Bureau of Standards, Gaithersburg, MD

    Committee/Subcommittee: E05.32

    DOI: 10.1520/STP35301S

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