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    Evaluation of Fire Resistive Coatings Based on Small-Scale Fire Testing

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    Economics and short-time factors have forced many manufacturers of fire resistive coatings to use small-scale fire tests in accordance with ASTM Standard Method of Fire Tests of Building Construction and Materials (E 119-81) time-temperature curve. The difference between small-size and full-size furnaces is not so much in the geometry as it is in the construction. Insulation, burners, and fuel type are influencing factors when making a comparative analysis. The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) used a full-size column furnace and a small-column furnace in one of their programs. The correlation between data was substantial enough to focus the attention on using the small furnace as a valid means of testing.

    Within the same scenario of small-scale testing, a high intensity fire test (HIFT) is established to simulate a petroleum spill fire. It is being used by the petrochemical industry and fire resistive coating manufacturers to evaluate materials under reproducible simulated thermal conditions of a petrochemical fire.


    fire resistive coatings, small scale, fire testing, furnace construction, heat flux, loading high intensity fire tests (HIFT), petroleum spill fire E0119

    Author Information:

    Schultz, N
    Executive director, VTEC Laboratories, Inc., Bronx, N. Y.

    Committee/Subcommittee: E06.21

    DOI: 10.1520/STP31893S