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One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726-2398
Phone: (608) 231-9200
Fax: (608) 231-9592
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Mark A. Dietenberger, Ph.D.
Mark A. Dietenberger, Ph.D.

Mark A. Dietenberger

Building and Fire Sciences
Unit: FPL-4716
Research General Engineer
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI
United States
53726-2398

Phone: 608-231-9531
Fax: 608-231-9592
mdietenberger@fs.fed.us

Current Research

Research goals are to develop component processes, test methods for thermophysical properties, and physical mathematical modeling for 1) performance-based fire protection engineering related to wood-based materials used in WUI, 2) economical gasification of biomass and synthesis of syngas into biofuels, and 3) fundamentals of wood pyrolysis and combustion essential to wood thermal degradation and fire growth. This work is being used for predicting fire development on exterior building surfaces and ornamental vegetations for WUI fire scenarios. Thermophysical properties derived from modified test apparatuses are provided for NIST?s Wildland Fire Dynamics Simulator as well as for analytical fire growth models, which are provided as a basis for animated-like 3-D fire growth in real time using desktop computers that has Architectural CAD in conjunction with Google Earth. Fundamental knowledge of wood degradation along with prior private-sector research on process analysis of jet turbine engines are being applied to develop new and economical process for small-scale biomass gasification and conversion of syngas to biofuels. A special bench scale apparatus was built using the liquid metal as heat and mass carriers for directly producing syngas statically from wood, with primarily CO and H2 emissions measured. A continuous biomass flow apparatus has been planned and will be built at unique university facility to investigate conversion efficiency. Other projects included the process modeling of conventional biomass gasification and Fischer-Tropsch synthesis as a biorefinery attached to wood and paper mills in the support of the excellent generic business case of the concept. Various research collaborations nationally and internationally are being developed to promote the above research areas.


Research Interest

  • Fire growth research as applied to wood products
  • Wildland-urban interface fire and moisture science
  • Thermochemical biomass to biofuels conversion


Below are the 51 US Forest Service publications sorted by year. You may re-sort the list by: Title, Date Posted, Category, Publication or Year.

Publication Year: 2017
 
Title: Cone calorimeter testing of foam core sandwich panels treated with intumescent paper underneath the veneer (FRV)
Source: Fire and Materials. 67(2): 169-179.
Author(s) Dietenberger, Mark A.; Shalbafan, Ali; Welling, Johannes
Year: 2017   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Flammability of invasive species investigated with cone calorimetry
Source: fplrip-4723-032-Dietenberger
Author(s) Dietenberger, Mark
Year: 2017   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Flammability properties and radiant fraction of FRT wood plastic composites using mass loss calorimeter under HRR hood
Source: In: Proceedings, fire and materials 2017 conference. San Francisco, CA: 988-989.
Author(s) Dietenberger, Mark A.; Boardman, Charles R.; Stark, Nicole
Year: 2017   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2016
 
Title: EcoSmart Fire as structure ignition model in wildland urban interface: predictions and validations
Source: Fire Technology
Author(s) Dietenberger, Mark A.; Boardman, Charles R.
Year: 2016   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Evaluating fire-damaged components of historic covered bridges
Source: USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, General Technical Report, FPL-GTR-243
Author(s) Kukay, Brian; Todd, Charles; Jahn, Tyler; Sannon, Jenson; Dunlap, Logan; White, Robert; Dietenberger, Mark
Year: 2016   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Litter Species Composition and Topographic Effects on Fuels and Modeled Fire Behavior in an Oak-Hickory Forest in the Eastern USA
Source: PLOS ONE, Vol. 11(8): e0159997-.
Author(s) Dickinson, Matthew B.; Hutchinson, Todd F.; Dietenberger, Mark; Matt, Frederick; Peters, Matthew P.; Yang, Jian
Year: 2016   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Phosphorylated lignin as a halogen-free flame retardant additive for epoxy composites
Source: Green Materials
Author(s) Mendis, Gamini P.; Weiss, Sydney G.; Korey, Matthew; Boardman, Charles R.; Dietenberger, Mark; Youngblood, Jeffrey P.; Howarter, John A.
Year: 2016   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Wood Products Thermal Degradation and Fire
Source: Reference Module in Materials Science and Materials Engineering
Author(s) Dietenberger, Mark; Hasburgh, Laura
Year: 2016   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2015
 
Title: Comparison of the Heat Release Rate from the Mass Loss Calorimeter to the Cone Calorimeter for Wood-based Materials
Source: In: Proceedings Fire and Materials 2015, 14th international Conference and Exhibition, 2-4 February 2015, Hyatt Hotel, Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco, USA; 2015. pp. 116-126.
Author(s) Hasburgh, Laura E.; White, Robert H.; Dietenberger, Mark A.; Boardman, Charles R.
Year: 2015   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Flame Retardancy of Chemically Modified Lignin as Functional Additive to Epoxy Nanocomposites
Source: In: 26th annual Conference on Recent Advances in Flame retardancy, MAY 18 - 20, 2015 SHERATON STAMFORD HOTEL, STAMFORD CT USA; Session 3: Nanocomposites, 2015; pp. 2-1 - 2-8.
Author(s) Howarter, John A.; Mendis, Gamini P.; Bruce, Alex N.; Youngblood, Jeffrey P.; Dietenberger, Mark A.; Hasburgh, Laura, E..
Year: 2015   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Improvements to the Understanding of the Fire Performance of Wood over the Past 30 Years-A Tribute to Robert Hawthorne White
Source: Wood Design Focus. Volume 25, Number 3, 2015; pp. 3-7.
Author(s) Zelinka, Samuel L.; Dietenberger, Mark A.; Hasburgh, Laura E.; Bourne, Keith J.; Boardman, Charles, R..
Year: 2015   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Investigation of black and brown carbon multiple-wavelength-dependent light absorption from biomass and fossil fuel combustion source emissions
Source: Journal of Geophysical Research: Atmospheres
Author(s) Olson, Michael R.; Victoria Garcia, Mercedes; Robinson, Michael A.; Van Rooy, Paul; Dietenberger, Mark A.; Bergin, Michael; Schauer, James Jay
Year: 2015   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2014
 
Title: Application of Quasi-Heat-Pulse Solutions for Luikov’s Equations of Heat and Moisture Transfer for Calibrating and Utilizing Thermal Properties Apparatus
Source: In: NATAS North American Thermal Analysis Society, September 14-17, 2014, Santa Fe, New Mexico Technical Program of the 42nd NORTH AMERICAN THERMAL ANALYSIS SOCIETY CONFERENCE, paper 135, 2014; 12 p.
Author(s) Dietenberger, Mark A.; Boardman, Charles R.
Year: 2014   view abstract, download publication »
Title: ecoSmart landscapes: a versatile SaaS platform for green infrastructure applications in urban environments
Source: 7th International Congress on Environmental Modelling and Software. San Diego, CA: International Environmental Modelling and Software Society (iEMSs): 1017-1024
Author(s) McPherson, Greg; Xiao, Qingfu; Purohit, Joe; Dietenberger, Mark; Boardman, Charles (C.R.); Simpson, Jim; Peper, Paula
Year: 2014   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Foam Core Particleboards with Intumescent FRT Veneer: Cone Calorimeter Testing With Varying Adhesives, Surface Layer Thicknesses, and Processing Conditions
Source: Proceedings of the 25th annual conference on recent advances in flame retardancy of polymeric materials (May 19-21, 2014 : Stamford, CT). Wellesley, MA : BCC Research, 2014 : ISBN: 1596232218X : pp. 344-349 of Day-1-revised-pdf. 2014
Author(s) Dietenberger, Mark A.; Welling, Johannes; Shalbafan, Ali
Year: 2014   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Laboratory investigation of fire protection coatings for creosote-treated timber railroad bridges
Source: The International Research Group on Wood Protection, Section 3, Wood Protecting Chemicals, pp. 2-15; IRG/WP 14-30639; 2014.
Author(s) Clausen, Carol A.; White, Robert H.; Wacker, James P.; Lebow, Stan T.; Dietenberger, Mark A.; Zelinka, Samuel L.; Stark, Nicole M.
Year: 2014   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2013
 
Title: Chapter 6: Thermal properties, combustion, and fire retardancy of wood
Source: In: Second edition of the Handbood of wood Chemistry and Wood Composites, Roger Rowell, Editor, by CRC Books, 2013
Author(s) Rowell, Roger M.; Dietenberger, Mark A.
Year: 2013   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Fire performances of foam core particleboards continuously produced in a one-step process
Source: Eur. J. Wood Prod. (2013) Volume 71: pp. 49-59. 2013.
Author(s) Shalbafan, Ali; Dietenberger, Mark A.; Welling, Johannes
Year: 2013   view abstract, download publication »
Title: HRR Upgrade to mass loss calorimeter and modified Schlyter test for FR Wood
Source: In: Proceedings of the Fire and Materials 2013 Conference held at the Hyatt Hotel Fisherman’s Wharf Hotel, San Francisco, California, USA 28-30 January 2013. pp. 251-263.
Author(s) Dietenberger, Mark A.; Boardman, Charles R.
Year: 2013   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Treated and Untreated foam core particleboards with intumescent veneer
Source: Journal of Thermal Analysis and Calorimetry, 2013; 9 p.
Author(s) Dietenberger, Mark A.; Shalbafan, Ali; Welling, Johannes; Boardman, Charles, R..
Year: 2013   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2012
 
Title: Cone Calorimeter Analysis of FRT Intumescent and Untreated Foam Core Particleboards
Source: North American Thermas Analysis Society, North American Thermal Society Conference , August 12-15, 2012 Buena Vista Palace Hotel & spa Orlando, Florida from CD paper 203. 2012.
Author(s) Dietenberger, Mark A.; Shalbafan, Ali; Welling, Johannes; Boardman, Charles, R..
Year: 2012   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Pyrolysis kinetics and combustion of thin wood by an advanced cone caorimetry test method
Source: J Therm Anal Calorim
Author(s) Dietenberger, Mark
Year: 2012   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Reaction-to-Fire of Wood Products and Other Building Materials: Part 1, Room/Corner Test Performance
Source: USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Research Paper, FPL-RP-663, 2012: 51 p.
Author(s) Grexa, Ondrej; Dietenberger, Mark A.; White, Robert H.
Year: 2012   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Reaction-to-Fire of Wood Products and Other Building Materials: Part II, Cone Calorimeter Tests and Fire Growth Models
Source: USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Research Paper, FPL-RP-670, 2012: 60 p.
Author(s) Dietenberger, Mark A.; Grexa, Ondrej; White, Robert H.
Year: 2012   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2011
 
Title: Modeling Integrated Biomass Gasification Business Concepts
Source: USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Research Paper, FPL-RP-660, 2011
Author(s) Peter J. Ince; Edward M. (Ted) Bilek; Mark A. Dietenberger
Year: 2011   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Pyrolysis Kinetics and Combustion of Thin Wood Using Advanced Cone Calorimetry Test Method
Source: Pyrolysis Kinetics and Combustion of Thin Wood Using Advanced Cone Calorimetry Test Method. IN: Proceedings, 39th annual conference, North American Thermal Analysis Society, August 7-10, 2001, Des Moines, Iowa. [Online only] http://xcdsystem.com/natas2011/cdrom/search.html
Author(s) Dietenberger, Mark
Year: 2011   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Using modified cone calorimeter to determine heat/moisture transport properties and pyrolysis/combustion properties of wood-based materials for use in CFD models
Source: Proceedings of the Fire and Materials 2011 Conference
Author(s) Dietenberger, Mark A.
Year: 2011   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2010
 
Title: .Wood Handbook, Wood as an Engineering Material (All Chapters)
Source: Forest Products Laboratory. Wood handbook - Wood as an engineering material. General Technical Report FPL-GTR-190. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory: 508 p. 2010
Author(s) Bergman, Richard; Cai, Zhiyong; Carll, Charlie G.; Clausen, Carol A.; Dietenberger, Mark A.; Falk, Robert H.; Frihart, Charles R.; Glass, Samuel V.; Hunt, Christopher G.; Ibach, Rebecca E.; Kretschmann, David E.; Rammer, Douglas R.; Ross, Robert J.; Star
Year: 2010   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Ignition and flame-growth modelling on realistic building and landscape objects in changing environments
Source: International Journal of Wildland Fire 2010, 19, 228-237; 2010
Author(s) Dietenberger, Mark A.
Year: 2010   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Wood Handbook, Chapter 18: Fire Safety of Wood Construction
Source: General Technical Report FPL-GTR-190. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory: 18-1 - 18-22. Chapter 18.
Author(s) White, Robert H.; Dietenberger, Mark A.;
Year: 2010   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2007
 
Title: Cone calorimeter tests of wood-based decking materials
Source: Proceedings of the 18th annual conference on recent advances in flame retardancy of polymeric materials. Norwalk, CT : BCC Research, c2007: ISBN: 1596232218: 9781596232211: Pages 326-337.
Author(s) White, Robert H.; Dietenberger, Mark A.; Stark, Nicole M.
Year: 2007   view abstract, download publication »
Title: The fire environment--innovations, management, and policy
Source: RMRS-P-46CD: Ignition and Flame Travel on Realistic Building and Landscape Objects in Changing Environments
Author(s) Dietenberger, Mark A.
Year: 2007   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Vision of the U.S. biofuel future: a case for hydrogen-enriched biomass gasification
Source: Industrial & engineering chemistry research. Vol. 46, no. 26 (2007): Pages: 8863-8874
Author(s) Dietenberger, Mark A.; Anderson, Mark
Year: 2007   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2006
 
Title: Analytical modeling of fire growth on fire-resistive wood-based materials with changing conditions
Source: Proceedings of the conference on recent advances in flame retardancy of polymeric materials : volume XVII, applications research and industrial development markets. Norwalk, CT : BCC Research, c2006: ISBN: 1596232218: 9781596232211: pages 13-24.
Author(s) Dietenberger, Mark A.
Year: 2006   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Using a quasi-heat-pulse method to determine heat and moisture transfer properties for porous orthotropic wood products or cellular solid materials
Source: Journal of thermal analysis and calorimetry. Vol. 83 (2006): pages 97-106
Author(s) Dietenberger, M. A.
Year: 2006   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2004
 
Title: Cone calorimeter evaluation of wood products
Source: Proceedings of the Conference on Recent Advances in Flame Retardancy of Polymeric Materials : held in Stamford, CT, June 6-9, 2004. Volume XV, Applications, research and industrial development, markets. Norwalk, CT : Business Communications Company, Inc.,
Author(s) White, Robert H.; Dietenberger, Mark A.
Year: 2004   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Effects of backing board materials on wood combustion performance
Source: Wood & fire safety : proceedings, 5th international scientific conference, April 18-22, 2004 ... Slovak Republic. [Svolen, Slovakia] : Faculty of Wood Sciences and Technology, Technical University of Zvolen, 2004: Pages 51-58.
Author(s) Hagge, Mathew J.; Bryden, Kenneth M.; Dietenberger, Mark A.
Year: 2004   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Ignitability of materials in transitional heating regimes
Source: Wood & fire safety : proceedings, 5th international scientific conference, April 18-22, 2004 ... Slovak Republic. [Svolen, Slovakia] : Faculty of Wood Sciences and Technology, Technical University of Zvolen, 2004: Pages 31-41.
Author(s) Dietenberger, Mark A.
Year: 2004   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2002
 
Title: Update for combustion properties of wood components
Source: Fire and materials. Vol. 26 (2002): p. 255-267
Author(s) Dietenberger, Mark
Year: 2002   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2001
 
Title: Reaction-to-fire testing and modeling for wood products
Source: Twelfth annual BCC Conference on Flame Retardancy : May 21-23, 2001, Stamford, CT. Norwalk, CT : Business Communications Co., 2001: Pages 54-69
Author(s) Dietenberger, Mark A.; White, Robert H.
Year: 2001   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Wood products : thermal degradation and fire
Source: Encyclopedia of materials : science and technology. [S.l.] : Elsevier Science Ltd, c2001: Pages 9712-9716
Author(s) White, R.H.; Dietenberger, M.A.
Year: 2001   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 2000
 
Title: Correlation of smoke development in room tests with cone calorimeter data for wood products
Source: [Proceedings: Wood & Fire Safety, 4th International Scientific Conference : May 14-19, 2000, Strbske Pleso, Slovak Republic. S.l. : s.n., 2000].:p. 45-55 : ill.
Author(s) Dietenberger, Mark A.; Grexa, Ondrej.
Year: 2000   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 1999
 
Title: Analytical model of flame spread in full-scale room/corner tests (ISO9705)
Source: Fire and materials `99 : 6th International Conference, February 1999, San Antonio, TX, USA. London : Interscience Communications Limited, c1999.:p. 211-222.
Author(s) Dietenberger, Mark.; Grexa, Ondrej.
Year: 1999   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Comparison of test protocols for standard room/corner tests
Source: Fire and materials `98 : 5th international conference, February 1998, San Antonio, TX, USA. London : Interscience Communications, 1998.:p. 77-88.
Author(s) White, R. H.; Dietenberger, M. A.; Tran, H.; Grexa, O.; Richardson, L.; Sumathipala, K.; Janssens, M.
Year: 1999   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Effect of Backing Board on the Heat Release Rate of Wood
Source: Proc. Intl. Conf. on Fire Safety, Columbus, OH, July 1999
Author(s) Dietenberger
Year: 1999   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 1996
 
Title: Fundamental Thermophysical properties of materials derived from the cone calorimeter measurements
Source: Wood & Fire Safety 3rd Intl Scientific conf
Author(s) Grexa, Ondrej; Jenssens, Marc; White, Robert; Dietenberger, Mark
Year: 1996   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Ignitability Analysis of Siding Materials Using Modified Protocol for Lift Apparatus
Source: Fire and Materials, Vol. 20, 1996, pp. 115-121
Author(s) Dietenberger, Mark A.
Year: 1996   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Ignitability analysis using the cone calorimeter and lift apparatus
Source: Proceedings of the International Conference on Fire Safety : July 22-26, 1996, Columbus, OH. Volume 22. [S.l. : Product Safety Corporation, 1996?]: Pages 189-197
Author(s) Dietenberger, Mark A.
Year: 1996   view abstract, download publication »
Publication Year: 1995
 
Title: Experimental and Analytical Protocol for Ignitability of Common Materials
Source: Fire and Materials, Vol. 19, 1995, pp. 89-94
Author(s) Dietenberger, Mark A.
Year: 1995   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Protocol for Ignitability, Lateral Flame Spread, and Heat Release Rate Using Lift Apparatus
Source: Fire and polymers II. Materials and tests for hazard prevention: Proceedings of 208th National meeting of the American Chemical Society
Author(s) Dietenberger, Mark A.
Year: 1995   view abstract, download publication »
Title: Room/corner tests of wall linings with 100/300 kW burner
Source: Proceedings, 4th International Fire and Materials Conference, 1995 November 15-16, Crystal City, Washington. London, UK : Inter Science Communications, [1996].:p. 53-62.
Author(s) Dietenberger, M. A.; Grexa, O.; White, R. H.; Sweet, M. S.; Janssens, M.
Year: 1995   view abstract, download publication »
 
Publication Year: 2015
Combustion tests and fire dynamics simulations allow researchers to characterize combustion rates, calorimetry, gas emissions, effective and total heat of combustion, and convective and radiative heat fluxes. USDA Forest Service
Highlight ID: 622
Developing the Next Generation of Forest Fire Behavior Models

Efforts are underway to develop the next generation of forest fire behavior models, and Forest Service researchers are extending their knowledge of the fire behavior of wood materials to the realm of forest materials. ...

 
Publication Year: 2014
Flames in wood crib of creosote-treated timbers, approximately eight minutes after application of hot metal wafer. Robert White, USDA Forest Service
Highlight ID: 589
Intumescent Coating for Fire Protection of Structures

After years of development by industry, Forest Service scientists conducted specialized fire tests to prove the value of intumescent coating for fire protection. They developed a hot metal test to verify the superiority of commercial intumescent coat ...

 
Publication Year: 2012
Cone calorimeter testing simulates realistic fire scenarios. Steve Schmieding, Forest Service
Highlight ID: 13
Cone Calorimetry Takes Center Stage in Evaluating Fire Retardancy of Wood Products

Evaluations of cone calorimeter tests are now documented in handbook ...

 
Publication Year: 2011
A fire growth model for homeowner-sized plats is being developed with state-of-the-art testing of realistic objects. Steve Schmieding, Forest Service
Highlight ID: 289
Developing a fire model for homeowner-sized plats - Protecting lives and properties through proper selection of building and landscape materials

This research is directed to development of fire growth model for the homeowner sized plat that would guide the user on better and aesthetic selections of building and landscaping construction to significantly reduce impact of an encroaching wild lan ...

The process elements for the biomass gasification concept that are incorporated into the spreadsheet model. Edward M. (Ted) Bilek, Forest Service
Highlight ID: 303
Engineering and Economic Modeling of Biofuels Production

FPL researchers developed a flexible and customizable computer model that allows users to do a preliminary evaluation of the feasibility of incorporating a biomass gasification plant into an existing pulp mill. The user can model the biomass gas pro ...

 
Publication Year: 2010

Highlight ID: 170
Centennial Edition, Wood Handbook—Wood as an Engineering Material

The Wood Handbook—Wood as an Engineering Material serves as a primary reference document for a wide variety of users-from the general public through architects and design engineers who use wood in highly engineered structures. ...

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Following up on yesterday's post about fire safety, Lab Notes is pleased to announce a special recognition award mentioned at FPL's length of service award ceremony today...

08-19-2014

Testing decking materials in FPL's Fire Test Lab.All Hands on Deck to Lessen Wildland Fire Damage

Because wildland fires pose a significant societal threat, it is important to understand how to mitigate their damage. Lives and structures are at risk, particularly in the wildland-urban interface (WUI), where homes are constructed near or among areas prone to these fires...

06-24-2014