Dembsey, Nicholas A.
Fire resistance testing helps promote the strategic placement of fire rated walls, partitions, and floor or roof assemblies in order to meet the fire and life safety objectives prescribed by building codes. The ratings of these assemblies are determined by fire resistant test procedures, such as ASTM E119. Specific ratings are measured by an assembly’s time to failure under a standardized fire exposure. Full-scale E119 furnace testing is expensive and thus the goal of this project was to build a small-scale furnace apparatus capable of performing fire resistance tests. Analyses supporting the design, manufacture and operation of a small-scale furnace test apparatus were conducted to establish correspondence between the small-scale furnace and the full-scale E119 furnace.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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Fire Protection Engineering