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Design of the ASTM E119 fire environment in a large compartment



Chao Zhang, William L. Grosshandler, Ana Sauca, Lisa Y. Choe


This paper presents a basis for designing the ASTM E119 fire environment in a large compartment of about 10 m wide, 7 m deep and 3.8 m high constructed in the National Fire Research Laboratory of the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Using the designed fire parameters, a full-scale experiment was carried out on December 20, 2018. The measured average gas temperature curve matched well with the E119 fire curve. The maximum error towards the end of the test was about 70 oC (7%). The study indicates that by proper design and control, the time-temperature curve for the standard fire test may be attained in a real compartment.
Fire Technology


Full-scale experiment, ASTM E119 fire, Large compartment, Test fire, Design approach


Zhang, C. , Grosshandler, W. , Sauca, A. and Choe, L. (2019), Design of the ASTM E119 fire environment in a large compartment, Fire Technology, [online], (Accessed May 26, 2024)


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Created November 1, 2019, Updated January 7, 2020