The “Low Heat Release Upholstered Furniture” project at the Fire Research Division (FRD) of National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) conducts research aimed at helping U.S. industries’ efforts to reduce the fire losses associated with residential upholstered furniture (RUF) fires.
On May 24 at 11 AM EST, Dr. Mauro Zammarano delivered a virtual seminar, "Understanding and Reducing the Fire Risk of Residential Upholstered Furniture Fires,” which highlighted the key outcomes of this research project. Specifically, this presentation discussed research that may help to reduce RUF fire losses by providing:
This presentation attracted approximately 150 active viewers as part of the SFPE Member Seminar Series. A recording of this talk is available for SFPE members here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k0U_LuG9K8Q. A .pdf copy of the presentation slides is available here: Zammarano-SFPE-May24_2021-nocorrelation.pdf.
This presentation highlights the results of ongoing research conducted as part of the Low Heat Release Upholstered Furniture Project.
Figure 3. Graphical representation of time to flashover versus typical response time for three compartment fire experiments with Residential Upholstered Furniture (RUF).