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Fire Calorimetry Database (FCD)

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Image of a 2.3 megawatt wood crib fire below the 3 MW calorimeter at NFRL

The National Fire Research Laboratory (NFRL) operates calorimeters to measure the heat and combustion products for fires in the range of 50 kW to 20,000 kW. This Fire Calorimetry Database (FCD) contains results of fire experiments conducted at the NFRL. The specimens contained in this database include single burning items, fully furnished rooms, controlled burners, well characterized fuels and real composite fuels of unknown composition. The measurement method is described by Bryant and Bundy, 2019.

FCD User Guide (PDF)

Certain commercial entities, equipment, or materials may be identified in this database to describe an experimental procedure or concept adequately. Such identification is not intended to imply recommendation or endorsement by the National Institute of Standards and Technology, nor is it intended to imply that the entities, materials, or equipment are necessarily the best available for the purpose.

Experiments

Search the title, description, test director, specimen, fuel type, and ignition.

Projects

Title Research Overview Number of experiments
Characteristics of a 1 m Methanol Pool Fire

A series of measurements were made to characterize the structure of a 1 m diameter methanol (CH3OH) pool fire steadily...

2
Stovetop Cooking Pan Fire Safety

A series of experiments was conducted characterizing the flammability properties of small-scale corn oil fires. The oil...

3
Steel-Concrete Composite Floor Systems Subject to Fire, Phase 2

The multi-year experimental research project is being conducted on full-scale composite floor systems under realistic...

4
Steel-Concrete Composite Floor Systems Subject to Fire, Phase 1

This study deals with compartment fire experiments on 12.8 m long composite floor beams with various end support...

4
Fire Barriers in Full-Scale Chair Mock-ups

The effectiveness and the failure mechanism of fire barriers in residential upholstered furniture were investigated by...

11
Room Flashover Experiments to Demonstrate the Effectiveness of Barrier Fabrics

A series of three full scale room fire experiments were conducted to demonstrate the potential fire risk of residential...

5
Dry Tree Fire Hazard

These experiments were designed to examine the difference in fire hazard between a dry Christmas tree and a watered...

2
Cross Laminated Timber Compartments

This study quantifies the contribution of CLT building elements to compartment fires and characterizes the effect of...

10
Multiple Item Transient Combustion Calorimetry

Experiments were conducted to determine the relationship between the peak heat release rate (HRR) and the number of...

41
Natural Gas Confirmation Burner

The NFRL operates two systems for calorimetry measurements, one based on oxygen consumption calorimetry and one based on...

12
Transient Combustion Calorimetry (TCC)

An extensive set of fire experiments was conducted to support the development of guidance to improve the realism for how...

107

Bryant, R. and Bundy, M. The NIST 20 MW Calorimetry Measurement System for Large-Fire Research, Technical Note (NIST TN) 2077, 2019
https://doi.org/10.6028/NIST.TN.2077

NIST Fire Calorimetry Database (FCD)
https://doi.org/10.18434/mds2-2314

Contacts

Created November 19, 2020, Updated November 23, 2020