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Analysis of Needs and Existing Capabilities for Full-Scale Fire Resistance Testing



J Beitel


This program1 was conducted for The National Institute For Standards and Technology under Contact Number NA1341-02-W-0686. Hughes Associates, Inc. performed this work with assistance from Greenhorne & O Mara, Inc. and Thornton-Tomasetti-Cutts, LLC. The study was commissioned to analyze the needs and existing capabilities for full-scale fire resistance testing of structural connections. The Scope of Work consisted of three separate tasks. The tasks were: Task 1. Identification Of Building Collapse Incidents - The objective of this Task was to conduct a survey of historical information on fire occurrences in multi-story (defined as four or more stories) buildings, which resulted in full or partial structural collapse. Task 2. Survey Of Fire Resistance Test Facilities - The objective of this Task was to perform a survey of private and public facilities capable of testing the structural integrity of building elements under fire conditions. Task 3. Needs Assessment - The objective of this Task was to perform an assessment of the need for additional testing and/or experimental facilities to allow the performance of structural assemblies and fire resistance materials to be predicted under extreme fire conditions within actual buildings; and if a need does exist, options for meeting those needs.
Grant/Contract Reports (NISTGCR) -


Beitel, J. (2008), Analysis of Needs and Existing Capabilities for Full-Scale Fire Resistance Testing, Grant/Contract Reports (NISTGCR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed May 22, 2024)


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Created October 1, 2008, Updated February 19, 2017