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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 24 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
2018A project to measure and model pyrolysis to improve prediction of prescribed fire behavior11/29/18
2018Ability of finger-jointed lumber to maintain load at elevated temperatures04/10/18
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
2018Compartment fire testing of a two-story mass timber building07/27/18
2017Cone calorimeter testing of foam core sandwich panels treated with intumescent paper underneath the veneer (FRV)01/24/18
2016EcoSmart Fire as structure ignition model in wildland urban interface: predictions and validations02/02/17
2016Effect of Adhesives and Ply Configuration on the Fire Performance of Southern Pine Cross-Laminated Timber09/14/16
2016Evaluating fire-damaged components of historic covered bridges09/20/16
2016Fire Performance of Mass-Timber Encapsulation Methods and the Effect of Encapsulation on Char Rate of Cross-Laminated Timber09/14/16
2018Fire-retardant-treated structural glued laminated timber (glulam) and laminated veneer lumber (LVL)04/23/18
2015Flame Retardancy of Chemically Modified Lignin as Functional Additive to Epoxy Nanocomposites06/19/15
2017Flammability properties and radiant fraction of FRT wood plastic composites using mass loss calorimeter under HRR hood10/06/17
2018Full-scale fire tests of a two-story cross-laminated timber structure09/27/18
2019Heats for combustion, capacities, and evaporation of fresh leaves, and their relationships to leaf compositions09/11/19
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
2017Laboratory investigation of fire transfer from exterior wood decks to buildings in the wildland-urban interface03/01/17
2016Litter Species Composition and Topographic Effects on Fuels and Modeled Fire Behavior in an Oak-Hickory Forest in the Eastern USA08/29/16
2018Performance of wood adhesive for cross laminated timber under elevated temperatures09/28/18
2016Phosphorylated lignin as a halogen-free flame retardant additive for epoxy composites01/27/17
2019Production of ethanol from livestock, agricultural, and forest residuals: an economic feasibility study09/11/19
2019Relative humidity versus moisture content relationship for several commercial wood species and its potential effect on flame spread05/03/19
2016Wood Products Thermal Degradation and Fire12/23/15

Project Summaries last modified: 03-04-2015