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Measurement of Toxic Potency for Fire Hazard Analysis

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Author(s)

Vyto Babrauskas, Barbara C. Levin, Richard Gann, M Paabo, Richard H. Harris Jr., Richard Peacock, S Yusa

Abstract

This study is the principle product of a research program to provide a technically sound methodology for obtaining and using smoke toxicity data for hazard analysis. It establishes: (a) an improved bench-scale toxic potency measurement, one which represents the important combustion conditions of real fires; and (b) a design and analysis framework which will allow the toxic potency data to be used in a rational, consistent, appropriate, and adequate way. This establishment of proper bench-scale test conditions, validation of the output against real-scale fire measurements, and development of a consistent framework for fire hazard analysis is unique and represents a successful, usable implementation of the state of the art.
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Keywords

fire research, hazard analysis, smoke, toxicity, combustion, toxic hazards, fire measurements

Citation

Babrauskas, V. , Levin, B. , Gann, R. , Paabo, M. , Harris Jr., R. , Peacock, R. and Yusa, S. (1992), Measurement of Toxic Potency for Fire Hazard Analysis, OTHER, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=912022 (Accessed January 26, 2022)
Created May 17, 1992, Updated October 12, 2021