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Publication Citation: Fire Endurance Testing of Floor Systems Effects of Scale and Restraint

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Author(s): John L. Gross;
Title: Fire Endurance Testing of Floor Systems Effects of Scale and Restraint
Published: Date Unknown
Abstract: Three standard fire resistance tests (ASTM E 119) were conducted on a composite floor system to study the effects of 1) test restraint conditions, and 2) scale of the test. Two full-scale tests, 35 ft (10.7 m) span, and one half-scale test, 17 ft (5.2 m) span, were conducted. Two tests were conducted under restrained conditions and one under unrestrained conditions. Results showed that the full-scale restrained floor system obtained a fire resistance rating of 1 h, while the full-scale unrestrained floor system achieved a 2 h rating. Past experience with the ASTM E119 test method would lead one to expect that the unrestrained floor assembly would not perform as well as the restrained assembly, and therefore, would receive a lower fire rating. For the full- and half-scale floor systems tested in the restrained condition, the full-scale specimen obtained a fire resistance rating of 1 h, while the half-scale specimen achieved a 2 h rating. Both tests would be expected to produce the same fire resistance rating.
Citation: NIST SP - 1054
Keywords: ASTM E119;fire;fire resistamce;fire testomg;floor systems;standard fire resistance tests;testing
Research Areas: Building and Fire Research