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Project Title :  Develop technologies & methods to improve the fire performance of wood-based structures and reduce the loss from catastrophic wildland fire
Project Number : FPL-4716-2A
Status : NEW
Start Date : 01-23-2015
End Date : 01-22-2020


View the 8 publications associated with this project.

Sam ZelinkaPrincipal Investigator:
Samuel L. Zelinka

Non Technical Summary
As a building material, wood is less desirable than steel or concrete because it is combustible. When new engineered wood products are developed, their fire performance needs to be understood so they can be properly implemented in the building codes. Research and code development activities on the fire performance of wood, engineered wood, and wood structures directly affects life safety of US citizens.


Objectives Summary
The objective of this problem area is to understand the fire performance of new building materials and the interaction of wood buildings with wildland fires


Approach Summary
• Component testing- measuring the heat release rates of materials that can be entered into models• Modeling- developing new models to predict the spread of fire in buildings and the interaction of buildings with the wildland-urban-interface• Fire resistance testing- of wood assemblies.

Publications associated with this Project

Publication YearTitleDate Posted
2015Cellulose Nanocrystal Entrapment of Benzalkonium Chloride in Southern Pine: Biological, Chemical, and Physical Properties09/15/15
2015Comparison of the Heat Release Rate from the Mass Loss Calorimeter to the Cone Calorimeter for Wood-based Materials04/01/15
2016Evaluating fire-damaged components of historic covered bridges09/20/16
2015Flame Retardancy of Chemically Modified Lignin as Functional Additive to Epoxy Nanocomposites06/19/15
2015Improvements to the Understanding of the Fire Performance of Wood over the Past 30 Years-A Tribute to Robert Hawthorne White10/07/15
2015Investigation of black and brown carbon multiple-wavelength-dependent light absorption from biomass and fossil fuel combustion source emissions07/20/15
2016Litter Species Composition and Topographic Effects on Fuels and Modeled Fire Behavior in an Oak-Hickory Forest in the Eastern USA08/29/16
2016Wood Products Thermal Degradation and Fire12/23/15

Project Summaries last modified: 03-04-2015