Faculty Advisor

Berardi, Umberto

Faculty Advisor

Dembsey, Nicholas A.


Together with higher expectations for building performance such as energy efficiency, combustible materials are increasingly being added to exterior wall assemblies requiring them to pass the full scale fire test standard NFPA 285 (Multi­ story building test). This testing procedure is expensive and time consuming to perform. The project aimed to design an intermediate scale fire testing rig for screening fire (and thermal) behavior of exterior facades. A light and easy to use intermediate scale rig would benefit many people in the construction industry. By reducing the size and cost of the assembly specimens in the screening test more effective and efficient assembly designs can be developed with confidence that these assemblies will pass the full scale NFPA 285 test.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2014


Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Advisor Department

Fire Protection Engineering