Wall Fire Experiments

Wall Fire Experiments Examine Exterior Fire Spread Changes

August 29, 2013

In April, 28 different wall fire experiments were conducted.

  • 8 ft. by 8 ft. wall assemblies with siding, sheathing, studs, insulation, and gypsum wall board were burned.
  • A 25-200 kW burner was used to ignite the wall assembly.
  • Two experiments used grills for ignition.
  • Measurements Included: Heat release rate, heat fluxes 6 ft, 12 ft, and 18 ft from the wall, and temperatures under the siding and temperatures in the wall cavity.

Follow this link for a table detailing the experiments Wall Experiments Table.

Follow this link for a preliminary Slide Show with some data comparisons Wall Fire Experiment Intro and Preliminary Data (Data analysis is ongoing and a draft report is expected to be released by the end of 2013).

Wall Test 1
Wall Test 2
Residential Attic Fire Mitigation Tactics and Exterior Fire Spread Hazards on Firefighter Safety