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Data for Room Fire Model Comparisons



Richard D. Peacock, S Davis, Vyto Babrauskas


With the development of models to predict fire growth and spread in buildings, there has been a concomitant evolution in the measurement and analysis of experimental data in real-scale fires. This report presents the types of analyses that can be used to examine large-scale room fire test data to prepare the data for comparison with zone-based fire models. Five sets of experimental data which can be used to test the limits of a typical two-zone fire model are detailed. A standard set of nomenclature describing the geometry of the building and the quantities measured in each experiment is presented. Availability of ancillary data (such as smaller-scale test results) is included. These descriptions, along with the data (available in computer-readable form) should allow comparisons between the experiment and model predictions. The base of experimental data ranges in complexity from one room tests with individual furniture items to a series of tests conducted in a multiple story hotel equipped with a zoned smoke control system.
Journal of Research (NIST JRES) -
No. 4


accuracy assessment, data analysis, experiments, fire models, fire tests, instruments


Peacock, R. , Davis, S. and Babrauskas, V. (1991), Data for Room Fire Model Comparisons, Journal of Research (NIST JRES), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed April 16, 2024)
Created August 1, 1991, Updated November 14, 2018