Archive for the ‘Fire Tests’ Category

ESFR Protection Of Exposed Expanded Group A Plastics

March 16th, 2015 Comments off

esfrESFR protection of exposed expanded Group A plastics is currently outside the scope of NFPA 13. Attempting to fill this gap, NFPA’s Fire Protection Research Foundation set out to develop experience with these types of commodities and gather data by initiating large-scale fire tests. The goal of these tests was to evaluate the necessary level of protection when ESFR sprinklers in rack storage configurations with no in-rack sprinkler protection are applied. Read more…

Fire Hazards Of Polyurethane Foam

November 3rd, 2014 Comments off

Polyurethane FirePolyurethane foam fires are known to produce very high heat release rates and extremely toxic fumes. As a result, these types of fires provide some unique life, firefighter, property safety and fire suppression challenges. In this study polyurethane foam fires and their combustion processes are investigated using the Fire Dynamics Simulator. The software tool’s predictions were validated against test results from experimental burns. Comparisons between simulation and fire tests demonstrated unprecedented good correlation. This formed the foundation of this study validating the model and providing reliable insights into the nature and sequence of the various combustion events taking place. Read more…

Report On Flammability Of Li-Ion Batteries In Bulk Storage

May 18th, 2013 Comments off

NFPA’s Fire Protection Research Foundation has released a research report on a study of flammability of lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries in bulk storage. The results of these tests will be used to define appropriate sprinkler protection in NFPA 13 for these types of products. Three types of Li-ion batteries commonly used in various consumer products were chosen for these fire tests. They were stored in rack storage configurations up to 15 ft high. Read more…

Global Research Update: High Challenge Storage Protection

August 21st, 2012 Comments off

On June 27 the Research Foundation and NFPA’s international operations department presented a seminar on research to address high challenge storage protection for aerosols, lithium batteries, flammable and combustible liquids, automated storage and retrieval systems, and others. 110 attendees from 17 nations attended this event in Paris, France to explore the latest global research and emerging trends on storage protection. Read more…

‘Ground Braking’ Tests On Earthquake And Fire Readiness For A Five-Story Building

April 16th, 2012 Comments off

The University of California, San Diego is performing one of the largest fire and structural research projects in the United States. Full-scale fire tests will be conducted on May 9th – 11th 2012 to assess the performance of active and passive fire protection systems and impacts and effects of fire spread and smoke movement in an earthquake-damaged high-rise building Read more…

Do HVLS Fans Risk Fire Safety?

February 2nd, 2011 Comments off

High-volume, low-speed (HVLS) fans require little energy to ventilate large commercial and industrial buildings, and their use can result in considerable cost savings to business owners. But do they compromise fire safety? What are the codes requiring? Read more…

Warehouse Fire Tests – Smoke Detectors

October 29th, 2010 Comments off

Xtralis, a maker of Aspirating Smoke Detection (ASD) solutions, conducted a series of fire tests in a warehouse setting to demonstrate the capabilities of three smoke detection technologies, an air-sampling solution, a spot-type detector and a beam detector. Read more…

Underwriters Laboratories Fire Test

July 9th, 2009 Comments off

NFPA Conference & Expo attendees got a tour of Underwriters Laboratories in Northbrook, Illinois. During the tour, UL conducted a live fire test in its large-scale fire test and research facility. This particular test involved three rows of rack storage loaded with palettes and cardboard boxes full of Group A plastic cups. A large HVLS Fan was in operation during this fire test. Read more…

K-25 ESFR Sprinkler Fire Extinguishment

April 9th, 2008 Comments off

Video courtesy of Tyco: K-25 ESFR sprinklers showing fire extinguishment of a 15 m (45 ft) tall high-piled storage.

K-17 ESFR Sprinkler Performance

April 7th, 2008 Comments off

Video courtesy of Tyco: K-17 ESFR sprinklers showing fire extinguishment of a 10 m (30 ft) tall high-piled storage (Cartoned Group A Plastics).