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This presentation will address the need for global standardization of fire resistance criteria to promote free trade and to maximize the purchasing power of users facing increasingly tight budgets. The current proliferation of standards, both from various jurisdictions and specific to different industries, increases the number of overlapping tests that producers must perform to bring a new fluid to market.
Relative fire resistance is but one of the properties that must be established for any new or reformulated fluid. However, there is little agreement on test methodology among various jurisdictions and industries. This is a result of the largely empirical nature of fire research until very recent times. While still embracing much empirically-derived technology, in the past several decades fire research has increasingly made use of a more scientific approach. Developments in combustion science have led to a better understanding of the underlying phenomena. These new insights are now available to facilitate the design of tests that are more universally applicable to a wide variety of potential fire scenarios.
Combustion, fire resistance, flammability tests, industrial fluids
Senior Engineer … Fuels Approvals Manager, Factory Mutual Research Corporation, Norwood, MA