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Framework for Utilizing Fire Property Tests (NISTIR 4619)



Thomas G. Cleary, J. G. Quintiere


A complete approximate set of equations is developed to describe fire spread over a surface and its resultant energy release. Wall, floor, and ceiling orientations are considered. The needed model data are couched in terms of available test method results, e.g., Cone Calorimeter and LIFT apparatuses. Several applications are presented to show how energy release rates can be predicted and how well they represent real data from full scale and model room lining experiments.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) - 4619
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fire research, fire safety, fire science, energy transfer, linings, room fires


Cleary, T. and Quintiere, J. (1991), Framework for Utilizing Fire Property Tests (NISTIR 4619), NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed April 14, 2024)
Created August 1, 1991, Updated June 2, 2021