Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

Combustion of Mattresses Exposed to Flaming Ignition Sources. Part 2. Bench-Scale Tests and Recommended Standard Test. Final Report.

Published

Author(s)

Vyto Babrauskas

Abstract

Ten mattress types were subjected to full-scale fire tests in the earlier part of this project. Burning behavior was determined and hazard was assessed by classifying into performance groups. In the present study bench-scale test procedures were examined for suitability for classifying mattress combustion behavior when exposed to flaming ignition sources. Several tests were examined, and a test protocol was developed based on two procedures enable the performance classification, as established by full-scale tests, to be reproduced by convenient laboratory tests. Details are given for conducting the required tests and illustrative performance of some two dozen samples is recorded.
Citation
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) -

Keywords

bedding, compartment fires, health care facilities, heat release rate, hospitals, mattresses, prisons, smoke production

Citation

Babrauskas, V. (1981), Combustion of Mattresses Exposed to Flaming Ignition Sources. Part 2. Bench-Scale Tests and Recommended Standard Test. Final Report., NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=106997 (Accessed April 21, 2024)
Created February 1, 1981, Updated February 19, 2017