March 31, 2022
Happy Retirement, Cone Calorimeter!
After 40 years in service as a groundbreaking NIST-invented device for measuring the flammability of materials at the lab bench scale, the NIST cone calorimeter is being retired and will be replaced with a commercially produced system modeled on its design. The transition is tentatively scheduled to be completed by the end of the summer of 2022. Flammability Reduction Group Leader Rick Davis and supervisory librarian Keith Martin are working to see what parts of the original “mother” cone calorimeter could be put on display in the NIST Museum to commemorate the device’s role in advancing the science of fire safety testing.