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Fire-Emulator Detector-Evaluation



Artur A. Chernovsky, William L. Grosshandler, Thomas G. Cleary, Michael D. Anderson


The performance of a fire detection system is determined as much by its ability to recognize correctly the non-fire state as to sense the presence of a real fire. Common fire detectors respond to particulate matter in the form of smoke from a flaming or smoldering source by scattering light, absorbing light, or decreasing the level of ionization. Atmospheric aerosols from non-fire sources also can cause an ionization or photoelectric detector to respond. While different manufacturers have developed means to compensate for background particulate levels, standard methods to assess how well a particular detector discriminates background from fire-generated aerosols do not exist. The purpose of the FE/DE is to produce an environment representative of what would be present immediately adjacent to an installed detector.
Proceedings Title
Safety Systems (SS-98) of International Information Forum. International Conference, 7th Proceedings
Conference Dates
October 28, 1998
Conference Location


fire safety, fire detection systems, fire detectors


Chernovsky, A. , Grosshandler, W. , Cleary, T. and Anderson, M. (1998), Fire-Emulator Detector-Evaluation, Safety Systems (SS-98) of International Information Forum. International Conference, 7th Proceedings, Moscow, , [online], (Accessed May 28, 2024)


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Created October 28, 1998, Updated February 19, 2017