Dembsey, Nicholas A.
Kreysler & Associates
Combustible materials are increasingly being added to building external wall assemblies to enhance building characteristics. The addition of combustible materials requires external wall assemblies in the USA to pass NFPA testing standard 285. Due to its high cost, NFPA 285 is not well suited for manufacturer optimization of external wall assemblies. Using a previously designed intermediate scale fire test rig, the goal of this project was to assess the ability of the intermediate scale rig to simulate the source fire characteristics of NFPA 285. The team worked on the assembly instrumentation needed to characterize the source fire plume in the rig and compare them to NFPA 285. The team also worked on optimizing the insulation required to keep the rig at safe operating temperatures.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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Fire Protection Engineering