Banner for LabNotes
From Lab Notes
Contact Information
Forest Products Laboratory
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726-2398
Phone: (608) 231-9200
Fax: (608) 231-9592


You are here: FPL Home  / Information Products & Services  / Publications

Requested Product

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.

Publication Year: 2012  View PDF »

Category: Research Papers
Associated Research Project(s):   FPL-4723-2B

Abstract: This Part II work evaluated results from the bench-scale cone calorimeter tests (ISO 5660-1) for 11 different untreated wood products, three different fire-retardant-treated (FRT) plywood materials, Type X gypsum board, and FRT polyurethane foam, which were also used in the assessment of reaction-to-fire of common materials using the full-scale room/corner test (ISO 9705) in the Part I report. The evaluation consisted of (1) comparing relative flammability of a variety of wood products and deriving thermophysical and fire properties needed for modeling, (2) developing fire growth models for room/corner fire tests that use the cone calorimeter data to predict heat release rate (HRR) development, and (3) devising reasonable correlations for relating time to flashover to global cone calorimeter data reported as time to ignition (TTI), peak HRR (PHRR), HRR, or peak smoke extinction area (SEA), which provide the link to regulatory test values as described in the Part I report.

Keywords: fire growth; wood; flammability; reaction-to-fire; flashover; heat release rate (HRR); cone calorimeter

Publication Review Process: Non-Refereed (Other)

File size: 3,455 kb(s)

Date posted: 01/02/2013
RITS Product ID: 63003
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Dietenberger, Mark A.
Research General Engineer

Additional items that might interest you
View the video celebrating FPL's 100 years of public service in 2010, from the producers of the Greatest Good....view

Research Highlights from FPL....view

Termite Eradication: A search for the Holy Grail.... view

Moisture Management in Residential Construction Series videos...view

Wood Floor Systems in Residential Construction Series videos....view
- FPL's Mission and Strategic Plan -

FPL's mission is to identify and conduct innovative wood and fiber utilization research that contributes to conservation and productivity of the forest resource, thereby sustaining forests, the economy, and quality of life. ... ..more »

- FPL Research Emphasis Areas -
Advanced Composites

As an integral part of the FPL mission, we improve the long-term sustainability of our Nation's forests by creating valuable composite products from biobased materials ... ..more »

Advanced Structures

The FPL has been in the forefront of wood-frame housing research since 1910 and has long been recognized as a world leader in such housing-related areas as engineered wood ... ..more »

Forest Biorefinery

We all know the compelling reasons that the United States needs to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels. Historically, the greatest increases in energy demand have been for transportation fuels ... ..more »


A leader in wood products research for over a century, the FPL is positioning itself to become the lead Federal research facility for the application of nanotechnology in forest products ... more »

Woody Biomass Utilization

Forests in the United States contain a substantial amount of small-diameter, overstocked, and underutilized material.FPL research projects are exploring the potential of the small-diameter ... ..more »