STP464

    Fire Test Standard in the Light of Fire Research

    Published: Jan 1970


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    Abstract

    Because 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 need 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.

    Keywords:

    fire prevention, effect of moisture, failure in fire, fire endurance, fire load, fire research, fire severity, fire tests, restraint, specimen size, standards, temperature of failure, temperature measurement, test furnace, test report, evaluation, tests


    Author Information:

    Harmathy, T Z
    Research officers, Fire Research Section, Division of Building Research, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Ont.

    Lie, T T
    Research officers, Fire Research Section, Division of Building Research, National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Ont.


    Paper ID: STP44713S

    Committee/Subcommittee: E05.91

    DOI: 10.1520/STP44713S


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