SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1985

Prediction of Upholstered Chair Heat Release Rates from Bench-Scale Measurements


In an earlier study a full-scale furniture calorimeter was used to determine the heat release rates for upholstered chairs containing various construction materials. Samples of these same material combinations have now been tested in a bench-scale apparatus, the cone calorimeter. A correlation was established between bench-scale and full-scale data. Thus, it appears that prediction of flashover potential of a single upholstered item may be possible by using bench-scale results.

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Babrauskas, V
National Bureau of Standards, Gaithersburg, MD
Krasny, JF
National Bureau of Standards, Gaithersburg, MD
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Developed by Committee: E05
Pages: 268–284
DOI: 10.1520/STP35301S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-4946-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-0426-6