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Tested in the Flames

Tech Buzz // Hot Labs

MechEng NFRL article
Credit: National Institute of Standards and Technology

NIST can house full-scale rooms and monitor how temperatures rise until flames explode.

FIRES START WITH SIMPLE INGREDIENTS—fuel, oxygen, and a spark—but combustion scientists still struggle to understand the complex ways those ingredients interact. This month, we look at two government-run labs that study fires under controlled conditions to determine how building materials influence structural fires and how wind, terrain, and moisture affect wildland fires.

The full article is available in the November 2018 issue of Mechanical Engineering (ASME members and journal subscribers only).

Released December 21, 2018