By J. Randall Lawson
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One was led by E. E. Smith of Ohio State University and the second was led by W. J. Parker of the U. S. 60 Data from these two systems were gathered by strip chart recorders, and the heat release rates would be determined from the data following the test. The “Smith Calorimeter” progressed through the standards process and became ASTM E 906, Standard Test Method for Heat and Visible Smoke Release Rates for Materials and Products Using a Thermopile Method. Even though these methods provided insight into the burning behavior of materials, their convective enthalpy measurements failed to capture radiant loss and heat loss to the apparatus walls.
L. , “New Concept for Rate of Heat Release Measurements by Oxygen Consumption,” The Combustion Institute/Eastern Section, Pittsburgh, PA, December 1978. 66 American Society for Testing and Materials, “E1354-04, Standard Test Method for Heat and Visible Smoke Release Rates for Materials and Products Using an Oxygen Consumption Calorimeter,” ASTM International, West Conshohocken, PA, 2007. 31 Figure 6 First O2 Consumption Calorimeters, Furniture Calorimeter (left) & Cone Calorimeter (right) Oxygen consumption calorimetry may be recognized as one of the most important developments in fire testing.
46 A. J. , Bulletin of Research No. 32, Chicago, IL, September 1944. 47 National Fire Protection Association, “A Method of Measuring Smoke Density,” Quarterly of the National Fire Protection Association, Vol. 57, No. 3, Boston, MA, January 1964. 49 This ASTM standard has been extensively used in the transportation industry through regulations from the United States, Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Additionally, ASTM E662 has been referenced by the NFPA, National Electrical Code.
A History of Fire Testing by J. Randall Lawson