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Mini-Matt Flammability and Its Relation to Full-Scale Mattress Flammability



Thomas J. Ohlemiller, Roy A. McLane


Mini-mattresses of a size used for commercial display, were subjected to a pair of NIST-developed gas burners and the resulting heat release behavior was recorded. Peak heat release rate and time to peak for five sample designs were compared to the full-scale bed fire behavior (based on burning bed clothes). Design-independent and design-dependent correlations between the mini-matts and full-scale were sought. The more useful of these, a design-independent correlation, was found but it is coarse due to materials and design-induced scatter in the results.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) -


beds, fire research, flammability, heat release rate, mattresses, scaling correlations


Ohlemiller, T. and McLane, R. (2017), Mini-Matt Flammability and Its Relation to Full-Scale Mattress Flammability, NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD (Accessed July 14, 2024)


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Created February 19, 2017