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Understanding the Fire Hazards of Grouped Electrical Cables



Kevin B. McGrattan, David Stroup


CHRISTIFIRE (Cable Heat Release, Ignition, and Spread in Tray Installations during FIRE) is an Office of Nuclear Regulatory Research (RES, US NRC) program to quantify the mass and energy released from burning electrical cables. The experimental program has two main thrusts—bench-scale measurements of small samples of burning cables and full-scale measurements of the heat release and fire-spread rates of cables burning within typical ladder-type trays. The bench-scale measurements include micro-calorimetry of cable components, effluent characterization using absorption spectroscopy, and measurements of the heat release rate using a cone calorimeter. The full-scale measurements include the burning of a variety of cables within a typical tray under radiant panel heating, and full-scale, multiple tray fires.
Proceedings Title
Proceedings of the 2011 ANS Annual Meeting
Conference Dates
June 26-30, 2011
Conference Location
Hollywood, FL
Conference Title
2011 ANS Annual Meeting


Electrical cables, fire


McGrattan, K. and Stroup, D. (2011), Understanding the Fire Hazards of Grouped Electrical Cables, Proceedings of the 2011 ANS Annual Meeting, Hollywood, FL, [online], (Accessed March 1, 2024)
Created June 26, 2011, Updated February 19, 2017