Dembsey, Nicholas A.
Kreysler and Associates
Composite building materials, such as Fiber Reinforced Polymers (FRP) are widely used in the exterior cladding systems of modern buildings. However, FRP's classification as a combustible material presents concerns with respect to external fire spread. Combustible exterior cladding assemblies are required to pass the NFPA 285 multi-story building test. The full-scale NFPA 285 test is expensive to run, and it is challenging to repeatedly test the exterior cladding specimen when considering potential alterations to the assembly. This project focuses on utilizing a cost-effective intermediate-scale screening rig in the WPI Fire Laboratory to provide results, which are indicative of the full-scale NFPA 285 test.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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Fire Protection Engineering