Correlation of smoke development in room tests with cone calorimeter data for wood products
Document Type: Conference Proceedings
Author(s): Mark A. Dietenberger; O. Grexa
Editor(s): Anton Osvald
Publication Year: 2000

Cataloging Information

  • calorimeters
  • fire danger
  • Forest Products Laboratory
  • wood products
  • Unknown
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Record Last Modified: March 7, 2016
FRAMES Record Number: 2267


A direct proportionality has been found between the smoke extinction area (SEA) for smoke of room linings and the SEA as measured in the cone calorimeter (ISO5660). The room test scenario (ISO9705) considered was the propane ignition burner at the corner with a 100/300 kW program and the specimen lined on the walls only. The mixing of smoke from propane and lining flames in the hot vitiated ceiling layer and within the exhaust system was modeled by adding contributions from heat release rates of propane and linings separately as a function of time. With overventilation and flaming generally existing in the room, the best correlation was a value of 0.3 for the ratio of lining SEA (= EHC*RSP1 /RHR1) to the peak SEA measured in the cone calorimeter of a horizontal specimen exposed to the flux of 35 kW/m2 during flaming. The test room linings in the order of increasing value of SEA were determined as plywood (including fire-retardant treated (FRT)), lumber, wood composite, and FRT polyurethane foam.

Online Link(s):
Dietenberger, Mark A.; Grexa, O. 2000. Correlation of smoke development in room tests with cone calorimeter data for wood products. Proceedings of the 4th International Wood and Fire Safety Conference; May 14, 2000. Zvolen, Slovakia: Faculty of Wood Technology, Technical University of Zvolen. pp. 45-55.