The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Center for Better Living (CBL) have formed an international collaboration to assess the performance and failure mechanisms of gypsum wall assemblies under real fires/furnace conditions. In an effort to compile an experimental database necessary to validate models that could be used to predict their performance and ultimate failure under various design fires, a full scale test was conducted in the Large Fire Laboratory (LFL) at NIST. This paper discusses the first ever experiment to expose a full scale loaded gypsum steel stud assembly to an intense compartment fire.
Citation: Fire Safety Journal
Pub Type: Journals
Compartment fire, Fire resistance, Load-bearing wall, and Steel stud frame