Fire testing and fire research would be aided by the standardization of the fire environment, test articles, sensors, and procedures for the sake of reproducibility and interlaboratory comparisons. Current and proposed fire standards dictate control by either “fire temperature” or by “fire heat flux”. This equivocation can lead to confusion. This article discusses the circumstances under which temperature may be the more important control parameter and when heat flux may be the more important control parameter. Examples are given.
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