The intent of the stored energy test (SET) is to provide information on the potential for burn injury for a firefighter as a result of prolonged exposure in a structural fire within a room which has not reached a flashover condition. The SET attempts to simulate a firefighter in these conditions suddenly compressing a heated turnout system against his body due to either a flexing action of his limbs or the action of compressing his turnout garment against a structural wall or other fixed surface.
This paper describes a stored energy test method and discusses variables critical to performance measurements including the time and intensity of the thermal exposure. Materials effects are discussed, including the effects of moisture present in the turnout essembly and inner clothing layers.
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