SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1985

The Need and Availability of Test Methods for Measuring the Smoke Leakage Characteristics of Door Assemblies


This paper identifies and places into perspective relevant information that would assist in focusing future research and development on test methods to measure the smoke leakage characteristics of door assemblies. The concept of smoke compartmentation is introduced and developed. The importance of cross-door pressure differential in establishing the performance of door assemblies in fire-generated environments is discussed. Door assembly performance then is related to life safety, in general, and to the design of compartments of safe refuge, in particular. The entire discussion suggests a listing of required door assembly test methods and, finally, leads to a review of the availability and development status of existing and potential future test method candidates.

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Cooper, LY
Compartment Fire Modeling Research, Center for Fire Research, National Bureau of Standards, Washington, DC
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Developed by Committee: E05
Pages: 310–329
DOI: 10.1520/STP35304S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-4946-5
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-0426-6