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Flammability Reduction Group

The Flammability Reduction Group develops, advances, and deploys measurement science to reduce fire hazard of building contents and construction materials. Carries out mission-related measurement science research and services to reduce material ignition probability, fire growth and spread, and environmental impacts; and develop codes and standards for cost-effective, fire-safe building contents and construction materials.

Staff Spotlight

Figure 1. Reduced-scale Test to Assess the Effect of Fire Barriers on the Combustion Behavior of Core Flammable Materials (FRPM19 Abstract)
May 13, 2019

Dr. Mauro Zammarano has been selected to deliver a keynote presentation at this year’s European Meeting on Fire Retardant Polymeric Materials (FRPM19). Dr. Zammarano’s talk is titled, “Reduced-scale Test to Assess the Effect of Fire Barriers on The Combustion Behavior of Core Flammable Materials: An Upholstery-Material Composites Case Study.”



July 14, 2019

15th International Conference on Exhibition on Science and Engineering (Interflam 2019)

Six members of the NIST Fire Research Division recently traveled to the Royal Holloway College of London for the 15th International Conference and Exhibition on Fire Science and Engineering (Interflam 2019)…


News and Updates


Figure 1. Reduced-Scale Test to Assess the Effect of Fire Barriers on the Combustion Behavior of Core Flammable

Projects and Programs

Engineered Fire Safe Products

This project will conduct research to support the use of lightweight (wood, plastics, and composites)-engineered fire safe products (L-EFSP) with long fire




The Consolidated Model of Fire and Smoke Transport, CFAST, is a computer program that fire investigators, safety officials, engineers, architects and builders

FDS and Smokeview

Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) is a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model of fire-driven fluid flow. The software solves numerically a form of the Navier

Tools and Instruments

Cone Calorimeter

In the late 1970s and early 1980s the fire community was pushing for reliable bench-scale tools to measure material flammability based on heat release rate. A

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