SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1999

Fire Test Data for Design Fires: A Perspective from One Practitioner


Performance-based codes and standards, like performance-based design and analysis, depend critically on fire scenarios and associated design fire specifications. These need to be as real and relevant as they can possibly be. But they also need to be built from fire test data, and that typically means adapting the fire tests from their traditional purposes. This paper will discuss principles and procedures for applying fire test data to the specification of design fires, drawing in part on what the authors have learned in a number of real-life design projects.

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Gemeny, DF
Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc., Yorba Linda, CA
Wittasek, NB
Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc., Yorba Linda, CA
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Developed by Committee: E05
Pages: 47–57
DOI: 10.1520/STP13362S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5412-4
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-2620-6